“Schools Are Businesses, Not Charitable Organisations, They Have Right to Charge 3rd Term Fees”- FG

The Nigerian Government has said private schools have every right to charge returning exit students for third term tuition.

Many have come out to oppose that, since the time students have to spend in school is very short, just over a month.
The Minister of State for Education, Mr Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, said this at the media briefing of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 in Abuja on Monday.

He noted that schools are a business venture, not a charitable organisation.

Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, Minister of State for Education.

The Minister said, “For public institutions, we can’t tell you that we charge school fees, as most of our schools are free. Public schools are free and vary from state to state.”

“But when you go into a contractual relationship with a school owner, a school owner is a passionate person but is also a business person. He or she is not running a charity organisation, they may be charitable in its approach, but it’s not charity.”

“So, it’s important that you appreciate that a private school is entitled to charge fees for the work they do. The person that runs a school may be passionate about education but will still charge fees.”

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