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Group urges state govts to grant teachers soft loans for farming



THE Civil Liberties Organisation (CLO), an NGO, has called on state governments to provide soft loan to teachers to enable them engage in farming as schools remain closed because of Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

  The appeal was made during  media with the Chairman of CLO, Anambra State branch, Mr Vincent Ezekwueme,  in Enugu today following the plight of teachers in private schools.

  The media had earlier reported closure of schools at both federal and state government levels nationwide to effectively contain the spread of COVID-19 pandemic.

  Ezekwueme said that since February most private schools had closed and there had been no time frame for them to resume, noting that teachers especially those in private schools had continued to find it difficult to survive.

  “It is very unfortunate and pathetic that some private school teachers and workers in organised private sector have not received their salaries since February.

  According to him, “the panacea is for government to provide soft loan for teachers, especially private teachers, to enable them embark on farming activities.

  This will enable them engage themselves more meaningfully even as they awaite to hear of the scheduled timetable for school resumption and actual resumption itself,” he said.

  The chairman, however, urged state governments to provide palliatives to private school teachers in their various states.

  “Pertinently, this is in view of the deluge of complaints of hardship from teachers especially those in private schools to our office caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

  “State governments should summon emergency meeting with private school proprietors to find mutual and amicable resolution of their financial challenges in order to save our educational system from imminent collapse after COVID-19,” he added.

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