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COVID-19: NAPPS seeks uni­fi­ca­tion of schools' aca­demic cal­en­dars

- From Chris­tiana T. Alabi, La­gos Nigeria News · Education · Nigeria

The Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Pro­pri­etors of Pri­vate Schools (NAPPS), has ob­served that the var­ied re­sump­tion of schools af­ter clo­sure due to the COVID-19 pan­demic has made states of the fed­er­a­tion to be run­ning dif­fer­ent aca­demic cal­en­dars.

While some states are presently run­ning the 3rd term of the 2019/2020 aca­demic ses­sion, oth­ers have al­ready moved on to the 1st term 2020/2021 aca­demic ses­sion.

The na­tional pres­i­dent of the as­so­ci­a­tion, Chief Yomi Otubela, in a vir­tual meet­ing to com­mem­o­rate the year 2020 NAPPS Day, said run­ning dif­fer­ent aca­demic cal­en­dars was not good for the de­vel­op­ment of the na­tion's ed­u­ca­tion.

He, there­fore, called on the fed­eral govern­ment to as­sist in the uni­fi­ca­tion of the dif­fer­ent aca­demic cal­en­dars so that school chil­dren could be fully pre­pared to sit for ex­ter­nal ex­am­i­na­tions.

The theme for this year’s NAPPS Day, ‘Dig­i­tal Rev­o­lu­tion as a Tool in Re­vamp­ing Nige­ria’s Ed­u­ca­tion in Post COVID-19 Era’, ac­cord­ing to him, is ap­pro­pri­ate as it gives an in­sight into the plethora of chal­lenges school own­ers have had to con­front in the past months, which have re­shaped the way they do things due to the in­ter­rup­tion on every as­pect of life.

As the world is get­ting fully dig­i­talised, Otubela main­tained that it was im­per­a­tive that pri­vate schools and by ex­ten­sion, Nige­ria's ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem, fully em­brace re­mote learn­ing and au­to­mated ad­min­is­tra­tive pro­cesses in their oper­a­tions.

"It is only through this that our ed­u­ca­tional sys­tem can be­gin the process of pro­vid­ing ser­vices in line with best in­ter­na­tional prac­tices," he noted.

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