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‘Unregistered schools did not get Ebola detecting equipment’

Daily Trust had reported that some private schools in Kaduna State had alleged that they were sidelined by the state government in the distribution of…

Daily Trust had reported that some private schools in Kaduna State had alleged that they were sidelined by the state government in the distribution of Ebola detecting equipment.
The state earmarked N75 million for the pur-chase of 10,000 thermometers.
According to Ogini, there are four categories of schools in the state; the registered ones, the non-registered ones, those who are registered with the Ministry of Education but not members of the National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools (NAPPS) and those that are registered but have not been approved.
“Those who are registered but not approved are those that just bought forms but their schools have not been approved. Those who fall within the registered and approved category got the Ebola detecting equipment. When the issue of Ebola came up, Kaduna was one of the first states to intervene. The state governor took the bull by the horn by quickly releasing money to ensure that the virus is contained. As part of efforts to contain the virus, the state government organised a training programme and mandated all teachers, principals and schools’ proprietors to be in attendance. But to our dismay, many schools were absent at the training and as such did not have their names on the attendance list,” he said.
He said his association got over 1,000 test kits from the state government for onward distribution to private schools.
He added that there are over 3,000 private schools in the state, out of which he said not more than 1,500 are registered and approved.
“The people that are complaining may not be part of NAPPS, though registered with the ministry and it may also be that they did not attend the training. We gave the equipment first to those who attended the training. Presently, we are awaiting another consignment, because they were supplied in batches. By the time it arrives, we will give to other schools,” he said.

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