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COVID-19: Kano directs private schools to slash third term fees by 30%

The Kano government has directed the proprietors of all private schools in the state to reduce school fees by 25 and 30 percent for the 2019/2020 third term academic session.

Sanusi Kiru, the state’s commissioner for education, gave the directive on Thursday via a statement signed by Aliyu Yusuf, the ministry’s public relations officer.

NAN reports that Kiru said the ministry was considering cancellation of the third term session if the proprietors remained adamant.

He said the measure was imperative in view of the economic realities occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Two parallel adhoc committees were constituted to discuss with proprietors of the schools on the downward review of the fees as done in some states,” Kiru’s statement read.

“Failure to do so; the ministry will cancel the Third Term session, and the academic calendar will commence with a new session in January 2021.

“Proprietors of private schools should appreciate the support they enjoyed from the state government and extend the same gesture to the good people of the state.”

The commissioner also warned that November 1 had been set as the deadline for schools to comply.

“The ministry will be left with no option than to take such a revolutionary decision in the public interest,” he added.

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