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

- From Christiana T. Alabi, Lagos

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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