Kaduna State Commissioner for Education and the National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools (NAPPS) have affirmed that they were not in competition, but were partners in progress towards providing quality education in the state. This affirmation was made Wednesday when the State Executive of NAPPS paid him a courtesy visit in his office.

In his address during the visit, the State President of NAPPS, Honourable Timothy Gandu, a private school owner and former Commissioner for Budget and Economic Planning, and later Commissioner for Commerce and Industry said the Association was at the ministry to formally welcome the honourable commissioner to his new ministry, having moved from the Ministry of Health where he (Prof. Nok) had earlier served as the commissioner. The NAPPS president assured the Commissioner of the commitment of the association towards a formidable partnership that would transform education in the State.

“We welcome you, Honourable Commissioner, and wish to assure you that Kaduna State NAPPS has an organized and able Executive that is poised to lay a solid foundation for the association to move forward in providing quality education in collaboration with the State Ministry of Education.” Hon. Gandu said. In soliciting the cooperation of the ministry, the NAPPS president added, “NAPPS is requesting the Kaduna State Private Schools Board and the Ministry of Education to give it maximum support to carry out her duties to members and government.”

In his response, the Honourable commissioner for Education, Prof. Nok expressed appreciation to NAPPS for being one of the Associations in the State that were paying him a courtesy visit since his assumption of office at the State Education’s Ministry.

Prof. Nok said, “We are worried about the standard of education in the country generally and we shall do our best in this State to revamp the system.” Speaking on the relationship that should exist between the ministry and the Association of Private Schools owners, the Professor affirmed with NAPPS that, “AS providers of education, we are not in competition, but we are all partners. We see Private School owners as a body complimenting the effort of government in education.”

Nok stressed the need to overhaul the entire human infrastructure in the educational system, among other things, in order to raise the standard of education.

Witten by Mike Maikarfi

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