By Stanley Onyekwere
The Minister of State for the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu has restated committment to close down all illegal schools operating in the nation’s capital, as part of efforts to promote quality education.
Aliyu, disclosed that the FCT Administration through its Quality Assurance Department of Education Secretariat will scale-up monitoring and inspection of schools to ensure standards.
The Minister made this assertion at the inauguration ceremony of PET International Academy Lugbe, in Abuja.
Represented by the Director of FCT Universal Basic Education Board (UBEB), Dr. Adamu Noma, the Minister acknowledged that provisions of quality education should not be the responsibility of government alone, however affirmed that private sector engagement is key to quality education.
She also stressed that the administration had at September 2019, granted approval to no fewer than 1,648 private schools both at Junior and Senior Secondary School levels.
According to her, “Undoubtedly, provisions of quality education should not be the responsibility of government alone.
“We have come to the realization that private sector engagement is key to quality education. In recognition of this fact, the FCT Administration as at September 2019, has granted approval to no fewer than 1,648 private schools both Junior and Senior Secondary School levels.
“However, I want to use this occasion to state unequivocally that the FCT Administration will not compromise standard in both our public and private schools. Our Quality Assurance Department will scale1-up monitoring and enforcement in all schools.
“Therefore, the Administration will not hesitate to close down all illegal and substandard schools operating in the Territory. This is a task we must continue to carry out to ensure standard in our educational sector.”
Aliyu commended the management of the school for choosing FCT for the establishment of the ultra model school to compliment government efforts in the development of education sector.
She assured that underscoring the critical role education plays in the fortunes of this nation and the agenda of President Muhammadu Buhari’s led administration, the FCT Administration will not leave any stone unturned in ensuring that education takes its rightful place.
Earlier in his remarks, the Proprietor of the school, Dr. Jeremiah Ekele, also acknowledged that the provision of quality and functional education to pupils and students cannot be left alone in the hands of government, stressing that PEM is being developed with the aim of complimenting government efforts and giving back to the society at large.
According to him, “At PEM International Academy, we aspire to be among the best in the world in the provision of basic, secondary and vocational education to make our graduates independent.
“We have employed teachers who teach their own subjects and are committed to run with the mission and the vision of the institution and also to live up to our core values.”
Speaking on the programmes the institution offered, Ekele said, “At present, we have classes for creche, daycare, nursery, basic 1 to IV and Junior Secondary School (JSS1).
He however, assured that the development of more infrastructure is still ongoing to accommodate more learners and hostel facilities.
He, therefore, called on the FCT Administration to come to the aid of private school owners in the provision of more infrastructure to accommodate the laboratories.