From Joseph Amedu, Lokoja
Parents and guardians in Kogi State, have appealed to Governor Yahaya Bello, to cancel the third term for 2019/2020 session to enable their wards commence First term for 2020/2021 academic session as it is being done in other states of the federation, such as Ogun, Benue, Lagos and Edo
The parents made the appeal in a communique issued at the end an emergency meeting of the Parents Teachers’ Forum (PTF), Kingdom Heritage Model School (KHMS) Lokoja branch.
The communiqué which was jointly signed by the branch’s PTF Chairman, Deacon Dare Solomon; Secretary, Mr James Joseph; and over 70 parents and guardians present at the meeting, implored the governor to cancel the third term to avoid double payment of school fees under three (3) months in a stretch.
According to the parents, if the governor hears their cry and cancel the third term and allow schools in the state to commence first term for 2020/2021 academic session, it would serve as palliatives to parents and guardians due to the negative effects of COVID-19 pandemic on their wellbeing.
The parents, therefore made passionate appeal to the governor whom they believed would grant their requests, to save them of the untold hardships of paying double schools fees within three months due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
However, alternatively, the parents went a step further to appeal to the Education Commission (EC) of KHMS Lokoja, to liaise with appropriate quarters to reduce third term school fees by 50 per cent considering the effect of COVID- 19 on the economy of the state and the country at large.
The parents and guardians also appealed to the Executive Secretary, Education Commission’s network of Nursery and Primary Schools, Pastor (Mrs) Faith Oyedepo, to kindly approve their request for 50% payment for third term school fees for their wards in the eventuality that the governor did not rescind on his decision.