Kano, Ogun states go tough on illegal schools

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The Ogun state government has announced plans to clamp down on illegal private nursery and primary schools operating in the state, just as Kano state shut down six illegal schools.

The Public Relations Officer of the Ogun State Ministry of Education, Mr Kayode Oduyebo, spoke about government plans today, adding that government would also prosecute owners of such schools who had failed to revalidate their status with the ministry.

The spokesman quoted Mr Olusegun Oduyebo, the Commissioner for Education as saying that the move became necessary to ensure qualitative education in the state.

The commissioner told parents and guardians to be cautious in enrolling their children and wards in unregistered schools to avoid embarrassment.

He urged them to check out the list of private schools approved by the government on the website of the ministry or in its zonal offices in the 20 Local Government Areas of the state.

Last month, the government embarked on registration and revalidation of private nursery and primary schools operating in the state.

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Meanwhile, the Kano State Taskforce on private schools said on Wednesday it had closed six schools for contravening laid down rules and regulations, a member of a task force headed by Abubakar Umar announced.

The government established the committee to regulate activities of private schools in the state.

Alhaji Abdullahi Sarki, who spoke on behalf of Umar urged principals of the affected schools to report at the office of the taskforce immediately.

He said the exercise became necessary because the management of the affected schools refused to comply with government’s regulations.

Sarki warned the proprietors against violating the rules.

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