The Rivers State government said it has concluded plans to shut down over 5,000 private schools operating in the state which are not approved by the government.
The State Commissioner of Education, Prof Kaniye Ebeku made the disclosure yesterday, in Port Harcourt, when the Rivers State House of Assembly, Committee on Education visited the Ministry of Education as part of their oversight function.
Prof Ebeku stated that the government decided to seal the schools when on thorough investigation discovered that a large number of unapproved private schools are in the state and are giving poor quality education to the students.
The commissioner stressed that the idea for schools closure is to improve the quality of education in the state.
Prof Ebeku said: “We found that too many quack schools are operating across the state. This is not acceptable for reasons; presumptively, they deliver poor quality education and because they are operating on the ground that they are not paying the required taxes that they should pay if they are legitimately approved organisations. So we would not have this to happen more and that is the reason we think they should seize operation.
“State Government has concluded plans to make public over 5,000 unapproved private schools in the state and they will seize operation with effect from September.”
However, Prof Ebeku commended the House Committee on Education members for founding time to access what they are doing in the Ministry. He added that Governor Nyesom Wike has put a lot to the development of the educational sector in the state.