Delta Govt Threatens To Close Illegal Private Schools

Patrick Ukah

By Eseoghene Emuke

The Delta State Government on Thursday vowed that it will soon embark on closure of illegal private schools operating the state.

It said the move is aimed at restoring and clearing the few bad eggs in the education sector.

The State Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education, Mr Patrick Ukah disclosed this on Thursday in Asaba while receiving members of the state chapter of Private Schools Owners of Nigeria (APSON) at his office.

Ukah said the state government will not tolerate a situation where people operate schools without appropriate approval.

According to the commissioner, “The Inspectorate Department of the ministry will soon embark on the closure of private schools for those that have not completed their registration processes.

“All the private schools that have provincial approvals to operate and are still in default of the registration requirements two years after getting the provisional approvals will be shut down.”

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While warning private school owners against indiscriminate promotion of students, he said such action will not be entertained by the Governor Ifeanyi Okowa-led government.

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The commissioner, who spoke on the backdrop of complaints from stakeholders that some private schools were fond of promoting students who could passed their promotional exams, added that such action poses great danger to quality education.

Earlier in his remark, State Chairman of APSON, Comrade Keno Emiaso, noted that the association was on the visit to strengthen the relationship between the body and the ministry.


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