Private educational institutions in Rivers State have been reminded of the need to improve their facilities to meet the new minimum requirements set by the federal government which deadline expired last year.
The Director (Special Duties) in the State Ministry of Education Dr. Adaiyi D. Amachree who sounded the warning in Port Harcourt said institutions which failed to meet the minimum operational standards would be closed down.
Speaking at the 22nd graduation and prize giving ceremony of Base Comprehensive Secondary School Borikiri, Tuesday, Amachree commended the authorities of the school for providing qualitative education at affordable fees to people of the state and for operating within Rivers State educational laws of the state.
The Education Director advised the graduating students to shun social vices, criminal and immoral acts capable of destroying their lives and careers, urging them to be obedient to their parents, guardians and people in authority.
Amachree also called on parents, guardians and friends to join hands with the school authorities to provide quality education to the children.
Earlier, the chairman of the event, Chief Olisa Emeka had commended the school for its contribution to raising skilled manpower for the state and Nigeria, noting that, having been founded 22 years ago, Base Comprehensive Secondary School now has graduates working in many offices in Nigeria. He warned the graduates against social vices. Emeka challenged them to secure admissions into universities and maintain the noble traditions of the school’s old students.
He commended the school authorities for their commitment to educational excellence and charged them to sustain the tempo. In his speech, the proprietor of the institution, Chief (Hon) Victor A.D. Green (JP) reiterated its commitment to qualitative education that embraces the inculcation of spirit of self-reliance, creativity, high moral standards and faith in God in the students. Green spoke of the need for parents to be spiritual and moral role models to their children and wards while soliciting the cooperation of the home and society in the character development of the youths.
He congratulated the graduating Senior Secondary School students and encouraged them to conquer their. world and be blessings to humanity.
The event featured Bible recitals, drama sketches, dances and presentation of gifts to outstanding students and staff of the school. Master Victor Amanama who was the outgoing Senior Prefect of the school emerged the overall best student, winning first prizes in eight subjects.
The event was attended by many dignitaries including the school’s PTA Chairman, Chief James M. Elekima.