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Challenges Facing Private School Owners in Akure – Hon. Olusanya Oluwatoyin Emmanuel

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Hon. Olusanya Oluwatoyin Emmanuel, a son of the Asamo dynasty in Akure is the Proprietor of Olubade Educational Academy. He has been an active member of NAPPS and has served in various capacities as; an Area Leader in Oke Aro, Chairman Oke Aro NAPPS Multipurpose Cooperative Society, Secretary Elders’ Consultative Forum NAPPS and an Initiator of Conflict Resolution Committee. He also played a vital role in resuscitating the NAPPS Secretariat along Igbatoro Road and he is known to have formed an Integrity Group to ensure accountability, transparency, fairness, good image and ensuring that the voiceless and developing schools are heard. Currently, he is aspiring for the office of the Chairman of the National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools (NAPPS), Akure South, Ondo State.

During the presentation of his manifesto at the NAPPS Secretariat, along Igbatoro road, Akure, Hon. Olusanya identified the various challenges faced by Owners of Private Schools in Akure South Local Government Area. Some of the challenges are; lack of professionalism, little or no educational partnership amongst Proprietors, Parents and Companies, lack of adequate provision to oversee the welfares of teachers and other non teaching staffs and low moral principles imbibed in students.

He also identified salient issues being faced by NAPPS, Akure South Chapter. The issue of accountability, bad leadership, absence of good electoral processes amongst others were discussed. As an accountable leader, transparent and equitable, he charged members of the association to build confidence through control mechanism, hold various area leaders accountable, and encouraged them be an advocate of free and fair election. In his words, “ If you cannot hold your area leaders accountable, that means you are not worthy to be a Proprietor”.

While reading his manifesto, he proceeded solutions to these challenges with what he tagged, “the 7 point agenda”. First, he identified organization of trainings and seminars for development of members and teachers as a solution to the problem of professionalism amongst members. He promised to introduce NAPPS College of Education which will be affiliated to an accredited College of Education to upgrade members.

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Also, considering the evolution of a global trend in all sectors, new technologies will be adopted to aid information gathering and dissemination. Website will be developed for the association, meetings will be conducted online and computer based tests will be organized for students in various private schools. On the aspect of accountability and transparency, there will adequate and timely system audit report of NAPPS Akure South Chapter Account, a systematic financial report to ensure transparency which will in turn promote strong moral principles, honesty and decency amongst association members and executives. Most importantly, there will be improved welfare of members through introduction of health insurance scheme, accessibility to the existing Co operative and Multipurpose Society and reviving the NAPPS Vocational and Skill Acquisition Center.

He urged Proprietors to desist from manipulating students result, instead PTA meetings should be organized to enlighten parents that it’s not how far but how well. He identified the need for Educational partnership between Proprietors and parents, joint sport activities for members and students as well as introduction of inter school quiz and debating competition.

Lastly, the need for re examination of existing activities of state government via liaising with the state chapter of NAPPS to check and balance some of policies that are not justified and strict implementation of bye laws governing the administration of the association such as having a strict use of transfer certificate, pegging of school fees and ensuring effective monitoring and implementation by task force are to be ensured.

Attending the presentation was the Pioneer founder of NAPPS, Akure South Chief Mrs R.O. Ẹdun, Former NAPPS Chairman Hon. Raji Sikiru, the Patron of Oda area, and other area leaders from Oke Aro, Sijuade, Oríta Obele amongst others

 

Written by: Tolulope Raheem

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