Why We Supported Lagos Govt’s Shutdown Of 45 Schools —NAPPS, Parents, Others
The National Association of Private School Proprietors, NAPPS; the League of Muslim School Proprietors, LEAMSP, and the Association for Formidable Educational Development, AFED, have all expressed their support for the Lagos State government’s decision to close down 45 private schools considered to be substandard across the state last week.
We feel concerned mostly because it is a private school, and involved loss of lives.
The National Parent-Teacher Association of Nigeria, NPTAN, has also led its support to the government for taking the action. The leadership of all the four registered associations stated this in a separate conversations with Tribune Education on Tuesday, describing the shutting down of the affected schools as a welcome development. While NAPPS has more than half of all private schools as members, LEAMSP consists of only schools owned by the Muslims, and AFED is an association of low-cost schools. The Lagos State government announced the immediate shutting down of 45 substandard schools following the collapse of Ohen Primary and Nursery School building at Ita-Faaji in Lagos Island last week killing 20 students and injuring over 40 others who are still recuperating in various hospitals in the state. Messrs Wasiu Adunmadehin (NAPPS, Lagos president), Fatai Raheem (LEAMSP, Lagos chairman), Mrs Esther Dada (AFED national president), and Chief Deolu Ogunbanjo (2nd deputy national president, NPTAN) said they all strongly believe that government took the decision in the interest of the public. While the first three claimed that though Ohen Primary and Nursery School was not their member, they all described the incident as a great tragedy and loss to education family. “We feel concerned mostly because it is a private school, and involved loss of lives,” NAPPS boss said.