The National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools (NAPPS), Edo state chapter has appealed to governor Godwin Obaseki to allow the Junior Secondary School Examinations be done in the month of September rather than in March as said by the state government.
NAPPS, made the appeal as part of its resolutions while x-raying some grey areas in government’s policies as they affect private schools in the state.
Speaking at the meeting, the Oredo chapter chairman of NAPPS, Comrade Reuben Ikponmwen, said allowing the students to write their JSS 3 examinations in March, which supposedly is the second term, will make them stay longer than necessary at home.
“We are appealing that the examinations should be written in third term, after Mid-Term break.
“This will enable students have a full academic benefits because if the students write the exams in second term, what would now happen to the whole of second term?
“Although, Edo state government said, the students will still be coming to schools after they write the exams in second term, you and I know that the students will not come to school if they finish writing their exams”, he said .
Ikponmwen said if the state government refuses to look at the issue of allowing students to write their primary six and JSS 3 examinations in the second term in March and resume in September in the same year, which they said is unfavourable to private schools owners, they will not enroll their students, as an association.
Also speaking, Comrade Lucky Adeyana, one of the NAPPS Exco member in Egor local government area, said it is wrong for students to remain at home for six months after writing their exams.
Comrade Adeyana said:”It is wrong for a students to be at home in six months. We know what COVID-19 did in this country and the world at large, when the students resume school, it looks as if they have not learnt anything.
NAPPS equally appealed to the state government through the ministry of education that the issue of identity card and biometrics for every student in private schools in the state, should be left for the state government to handle.
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