With schools set to gradually re-open for students in terminal classes, the Minister of State for Education, Mr. Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba has said that private school owners are allowed to charge fees for the new term.
He revealed this during the Presidential Task Force media briefing which held in Abuja on Monday. Reacting to a question asked if it was proper for private schools to charge a third term fee since students in terminal classes have a limited time to spend; Nwajiuba stressed that private school owners are running a business venture and not a charity organization.
According to him: “For public institutions, we can’t tell you that we charge school fees, as most of our schools are free. Public schools are free and vary from state to state. But when you go into a contractual relationship with a school owner; a school owner is a passionate person but is also a business person. He or she is not running a charity organization, they may be charitable in its approach, but it’s not charity. So, it’s important that you appreciate that a private school is entitled to charge fees for the work they do. The person that runs a school may be passionate about education but will still charge fees.
Source: Daily Post