The President of the National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools, Yomi Otubela has disclosed that the federal government has agreed to pay salary arrears of school teachers owned by its members.
He said, the pay rates of tuition-based school instructors that are being owed by their school management since the lockdown began in March will be paid.
Various tuition-based school instructors have come out to request for public assistance as they have not been paid by their administrators since March when schools were closed down as part of measures to contain the coronavirus pandemic.
The school administrators argued they have not been able to pay salaries, since they have equally not brought in cash through payment of school fees by students and pupils.
Speaking on TVC News on Monday Otubela said the association sent a proposition to the Economic Sustainability Committee headed by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, for the government to pay the pay rates of the tuition based school proprietors and that an proposal has been concented to by the Federal Executive Council.
”We have written to the Federal government to understand that these teachers are teaching Nigerian children and that they need to keep them and their families together during the lockdown.
“So the federal government has listened to our request. We requested that the teachers salaries in private schools should be taken over by the government during the months of the lockdown.
“We also requested for a single digit loan for private schools to cushion the effect of the COVID19.
“We requested for support for schools that have existing loans, that they (FG) should liase on our behalf with the Central Bank of Nigeria CBN and CBN will liase with commercial banks and other financial institutions to ensure that they give them soft landing in terms of moratorium to repay and deduction in the interest loan.
“The Federal government has approved that they will take over the payment of teachers salaries.
“The proposal was sent to the Economic Sustainability Committee headed by the Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and it was approved by the Federal Executive Council.
“We are already talking to them to know the modalities for the disbursement,” he said.
He added however that the intervention will benefit tuition-based schools who are enlisted as members of his association.