RSG To Ban 5,000 Unapproved Schools

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The Rivers State Government says it has concluded plans to ban all unapproved schools operating in the state with effect from September this year.
The state Commissioner for Education, Prof. Kaniye Ebeku, disclosed this when he led members of the Rivers State House of Assembly Committee on Education, on an inspection of ongoing rehabilitation work at Government Girls Secondary School, Rumuokwuta, in company of officials of the state Ministry of Education.
Ebeku said it was disturbing to government that about 5,000 illegal private schools were operating in the state.
He said that publications will be made in both national and local newspapers in the coming days with the full names of the affected schools.
According to Ebeku, “We found that there are so many unapproved quack schools operating in the state, and this is not acceptable for many reasons. They deliver poor quality education, and because they are operating underground, they are not paying required taxes as legitimate approved organizations.
“We would not want this to continue anymore, which is why we want them to cease operations.”
Also speaking, the Chairman, Rivers State House of Assembly Committee on Education, Hon Farah Dagogo, pledged the commitment of the lawmakers to partner the state Ministry of Education to ensure the maintenance of all schools’ infrastructure currently under rehabilitation by the Rivers State Government.
Dagogo said the Assembly will help to sustain the maintenance of infrastructure in the education sector of the state.