By Fanen Ihyongo, Kano
Proprietors of private schools in Kano State have been asked to reduce their school fees by a minimum of 25 percent or face sanctions.
The state government set a committee to discuss with the school owners, the percentage of fees to be reduced.
Kano State Commissioner for Education, Muhammad Sanusi Kiru, who made the call on Thursday said, the Education ministry will be left with no option than to cancel in totality the third term of the 2019/2020 academic session, if private school owners do not comply with the directive.
Most schools have reduced their fees in some states, it was learnt.
Kiru, in a statement by his Public Relations Officer (PRO), Aliyu Yusuf, explained that the decision of the ministry became necessary in consideration of the hard economic condition experienced as a result of the lockdown by the menace of Covid-19.
“COVID-19 affected both social and economic positions of members of the public,” he added.
Kiru said: “I set up two Ad-hoc Committees to discuss with owners of private schools on the percentage of school fees they are to reduce as done in five other states.
“If there is no compliance, we will cancel the third term totally, so that the academic calendar will commence with a new session in January, 2021.
“Proprietors of private schools should show some signs of appreciation for the support they enjoyed from the State Government.
“They (private school proprietors) should also extend the same magnanimity to the people of Kano State by reducing the school fees at least from 30 to 25 percent,” he said.
The Education commissioner assured Kano people that if by November 1, 2020 there is no positive response, the ministry would be left with no option than to take “a revolutionary decision in the public interest.”
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