Governor Yahaha Bello of Kogi state has been urged to cancel the third term for 2019/2020 session, as being done in other states of the federation, to enable students commence First term for 2020/2021 academic session.
Parents and guardians made the appeal in a Communique issued at the emergency meeting of the Parents Teachers’ Forum (PTF), Kingdom Heritage Model School (KHMS), Lokoja branch on Friday.
The communiqué, signed by the branch’s PTF Chairman, Deacon Dare Solomon; Secretary, Mr James Joseph; and over 70 Parents and Guardians,said the cancellation was necessary to avoid double payment of school fees under 3 months in a stretch.
According to them, if the governor hears their appeal, it will serve as palliative to parents and guardians bearing burden of COVID-19 pandemic on their wellbeing.
The parents, who expressed the belief that Bello would grant their requests,said his action would save them from the untold hardships of having to pay double schools fees within 3 months, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The parents and guardians said in the alternative,the Education Commission (EC) of KHMS Lokoja could liaise with appropriate quarters to reduce third term school fees by 50 per cent, considering the effect of the deadly Coronavirus on the economy of the state and the country at large.
They also appealed to the Executive Secretary, Educations Commission’s network of Nursery and Primary Schools, Pastor (Mrs) Faith Oyedepo to kindly approve their request for 50 per cent payment for third term school fees for their children and wards.
This, they said,would be in the event that the governor does not rescind his decision on the issue.
The communique read:”Parents have unanimously agreed that the above raised points be looked into,as soon as possible, so that we may not be forced to keep our wards at home due to lack of funds,pending when new academic session begins.”