Written by Godfrey AKON

FG to crack down on substandard schools

The federal government has said it will partner with states and local governments to crack down on mushroom secondary schools and their owners.

Minster of State for Education, Hon. Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, who stated this recently in Abuja, hinted that the closure of such schools is imminent in the light of the unacceptably low standards of some secondary schools across the country.

Nwajiuba revealed that the National Secondary Education Commission, NSEC, which is billed to take-off soon, is part of steps and institutional preparations towards the crackdown.

According to the minister, the National Secondary Education Commission would work closely with relevant stakeholders to tighten the noose on operators of mushroom secondary schools.

He also noted that, as much as government is doing everything humanly possible to bring every child of school age on board, quality and standard must not be sacrificed on the platter of greed of operators of mushroom schools.

The minister further hinted that the Federal Ministry of Education will present a memo on standardization and quality assurance for secondary schools at the next National Council on Education slated for 4th to 8th November, 2019 and the Joint Consultative Committee on Education, JCCE, respectively.

While acknowledging that education is on the concurrent list of our constitution, Hon. Nwajiuba appealed to states, local governments and private schools’ owners to take the issue of standard and quality assurance in the nation’s schools seriously.



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