NAPTAN denies imposing levies on school students
By Hudu Yakubu, Abuja
The National Parent Teacher Association of Nigeria (NAPTAN), in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital, has denied imposing and collecting illegal N1,500 fees on Secondary School Students within the territory.
The Secretary of the Association, FCT Chapter, Malam Audi Usman, made the denial at a news conference on Friday in Abuja.
Usman said that the allegation was not only false assumption but utterly misleading in the public space.
” Hence the need to address the issue and put the record straight by taking a stand against the development.
” Contrary to the unfortunate speculation, N1,500 project fee collection is not an illegal fee as it is in accordance to the approval of the FCT Executives Council for the execution of projects.
” The projects is aim at enhancing the schools facilities system, thereby ensuring efficient and conducive learning environment with results oriented academic performance of students.”
He disclosed that parents have agreed to pay the money for the overall benefits of the leaning and teaching system as well as their wards.
Usman said that the FCT Executives Council meeting of NAPTAN gave the mandate for the approval of the project in line with various projects in secondary schools.
He added that approval letter of the project was formally copied the authority of the FCT Secondary Education Board in order to keep them abreast of the various projects the PTA would be executing in schools under their management.
” Also, we copied the Association of Nigeria Confederation of Principals of Secondary Schools (ANCOPSS), which is the umbrella body for all principals of secondary schools in the FCT.
” We copied same letters to Secondary Education Board PTA Chairmen in the FCT. So the issue of fees collected for this project is not illegal at all,” Usman said.
The secretary, therefore, restates the commitment of NAPTAN FCT Chapter to complement government enormous efforts in ensuring education was for all and the responsibility of all.
He appealed to members of the association to always make it a priority to attend PTA meeting when called in their wards schools.
According to him” It is a duty they owe themselves and their wards so that they can participate actively and contribute meaningfully in any decisions taken in such meetings.”