The Kano State Government has urged proprietors of private schools in the state to reduce school fees by 25 and 30 per cent for the 2019/2020 Third Term academic session.
The Commissioner for Education, Sanusi Kiru, made the call on Thursday in Kano via a statement by Aliyu Yusuf, the Public Relations Officer of the Ministry of Education.
Kiru said the ministry was considering outright cancellation of the Third Term session, if the school proprietors remained adamant and refused to heed the advice on reduction the fees.
He said that the measure was imperative in view of the economic realities occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Kiru said: “Two parallel ad hoc committees were constituted to discuss with proprietors of the schools on the downward review of the fees, as done in some states.
“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 said the ministry had fixed Nov.1, deadline for the schools to comply, warning that: “the ministry will be left with no option than to take such a revolutionary decision in the public interest.”