In its bid to combat the spread of Ebola virus Kaduna state government has directed all primary and secondary schools in the state to screen all their returning pupils and students before allowing them into school premises on resumption date of 13th October.
The State Commissioner for Education, Alhaji Ibrahim Ali, gave the directive yesterday while addressing heads of schools from both private and public schools in Kaduna at the weekend.
He however disclosed that, the state government had concluded arrangement to distribute Ebola testing machines to schools before the resumption date.
According to the Commissioner, two machines are to be given to any school with population of 500 students and below, while schools with opulation of 1,000 students are to get four machines each.
On issue of school fees, Ali warned private schools to desist from rbitrary increase of school fees without following the laid down rules and regulations and equally warned public school principals to stop using their personal bank accounts for paying of school fees.
“All public schools must make frantic efforts to remit school fees to the government coffers in due time and as a matter of urgency open school accounts, in case you don’t have an active school account.” He said.
Similarly on the recently increased annual dues of private schools, which the National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools (NAPPS) is already contesting in court, the Commissioner said, the association should not expect to defeat government in court.
However, in his reaction, the Kaduna State President of NAPPS, Dr. Vincent Ogini, appealed to the state government to look into harmonisation of the taxes paid by private schools, adding that, they were not objecting to payment of tax, but were presently confronted with payment of multiple taxation.
According to him, “presently, we pay about 13 taxes. We want these taxes to be harmonized. All of a suddenly, the ministry of education just increased annual dues of private schools by 1,000 per cent, schools that were paying N50,000 before are now asked to pay N500,000.
“We are already in court and we believe in the court as the last hope on the common man.” NAPPS President stated.