NAPPS decries quackery in private schools

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The National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools (NAPPS) has expressed concerns over the proliferation of quacks in managing private schools.

NAPPS National Vice President in the South South, Dr Akpeme Ochuko, said the influx of quacks into the private school business was negatively impacting the subsector.

Ochuko alleged in an with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Warri, that the quacks engage unqualified teachers who in turn contribute nothing to the development of the schools.

He said the association would soon work out modalities to sanitise the system.

Ochuko said that private schools not registered with the association would be brought into the fold for effective monitoring.

“There are mushroom schools everywhere, not government approved, no standards and people judge us base on what they see.

“There are private schools that are not members of NAPPS, we are working to see how we can bring them into the association because they are giving us bad name,” he said.

Ochuko, who is also the proprietor of Classical International Group of Schools, said that the association was against examination malpractice.

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He noted that anyone caught by WAEC for malpractice at the end of the exercise would be punished by the association.

“Before the commencement of the WAEC/SSCE exam, I had a zoom meeting with all NAPPS chairmen in the South South states and the highlights was that the association is against examination malpractice.

“Examination malpractice is like two-headed sword, destroying the future of the nation and the children, so it must be discouraged.

“If students are giving the right teachings and exposed to WAEC techniques, they will not have problems with their exams,” Ochuko said.

By Nigerian laws, teaching requires formal training along with professional certification through the Teachers’ Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN). It is also expected that such persons well trained are those managing schools.

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