The Delta state government said it had uncovered no fewer than 1,633 illegal private schools across the state.
It was gathered that these privately owned illegal schools are scattered in Asaba, Okpanam, warri, Ughelli communities, Isoko south and north communities, Agbor communities,and are operating in dingy environments without toilet facilities, qualified teachers including meeting the requirements for registration two years after they were given provisional approvals.
According to the state government’s investigation, many of these schools were yet to move into permanent sites as they operate without security fences and basic Infrastructures, especially spacious environments and employment of qualified personals with authentic approvals.
Speaking to Journalists in Asaba yesterday the state Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education, Chief Patrick Ukah disclosed that the state government was poised to close down all illegal private schools across the state, especially those uncovered with substandard facilities and defaulted registration approvals, adding that operators of the illegal private schools would be adequately sanctioned.
Chief Ukah said that the inspectorate of the ministry of Basic and Secondary Education would soon embark on the closure of private schools that had not completed their registration processes that would qualify them to operate, explaining that all private schools that had provisional approvals to operate and were still in default of the registration requirements two years after getting the provisional approvals would be shut down.
The Commissioner frowned at the alleged modus operandi of private schools across the state promoting students to next classes at the end of every academic session, and warned against such action as not in the best interest of the students who failed their promotion examination without hard feelings.
Investigation revealed that illegal private schools in the state have sources of concern to the state government in the last four years, especially with their substandard learning facilities and alleged involvement in” miracle centers” during external examinations, such as WAEC and NECO examinations.