Benue to close down more illegal schools

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Classroom session in a school in Akwa-Ibom state Nigeria

The Benue Government has said  the closure of illegal schools in the state which started two weeks ago, would continue.

The Commissioner for Education, Mr Benjamin Ashaver, made this known on Friday in Makurdi at a meeting with stakeholders in the education sector.

“We are already closing down illegal schools and this exercise will be a continuous one.”

“We intend to, henceforth, monitor the conduct of all examinations closely and perpetrators of examinations malpractice, be they students, principals, invigilators or hired hands, they had better be warned,” he said.

He said the proliferation of illegal education institutions, from nursery to the tertiary level, had done immeasurable damage to the sector in the state.

Ashaver said that the ministry had set up guidelines which proprietors were expected to follow while establishing schools.

“These proprietors, in many instances, establish and operate schools for many years before they approach the ministry for approval.

“The result of this disregard for due process is the sub-standard facilities in terms of poorly constructed classrooms and inadequate or the absence of sporting facilities,” he said.

He warned operators of educational institutions against collection of illegal fees and levies, saying that the practice had given the ministry a bad image.

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