Ogun Shuts 160 Illegal Schools

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Abiodun Onafuye/Abeokuta

No fewer than 160 illegal schools have been shut by the present administration in the western Nigerian state of Ogun, the education ministry said.

Commissioner for Education,Science and Technology, Segun Odubela, said government has begun the second phase of clampingdown on illegal schools.

Odubela recalled that first of the five cardinal programmes of the Amosun administration is the provision of affordable qualitative education, adding that “in addition to abolishing school fees and providing free education, including the distribution of free text books and infrastructural materials to public schools, the government has a statutory duty to regulate education being provided in the private sector”.

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He said government was committed to ending the menace of illegal schools, “because some people who are not qualified
to provide education or whose premises do not meet the required standard are insistent on operating illegal schools as a money making venture.” He said such school owners will damage the future of children in the State.

The Commissioner said among the 160 illegal schools, “were some staffed by persons with no formal education beyond primary level. In one case, a Proprietor housed children within her provision store, regularly leaving the children to attend to customers. Others were found operating in dangerous uncompleted buildings and other unsuitable premises”.

According to him, government officials are now being deployed to confirm the registration status of every private school in the State. Odubela said those unregistered, but deemed capable of meeting the standard would be given the opportunity to regularise their status, whilst those considered not capable of meeting the requirements would be closed immediately.

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