About 556 illegal schools have been discovered in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital city and the government is asking parents to pull their wards out of such schools as they will be demolished.
The Director, Department of Quality Assurance in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Education Secretariat, Mr Didam Ayuba, made this known yesterday in Abuja at a sensitization forum on plans by the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) to close down such schools.
Although, he did not give a date for the commencement of the closure, Mr. Ayuba however stated that the department would soon embark on demolition of the schools, as it had already served demolition notices to not less than 556 illegal schools in the territory.
He said the decision to demolish such schools was to eradicate the dangers they posed to the academic, emotional and psychological development of the pupils. According to him, the schools lack basic or standard facilities for the academic growth of the pupils. He however advised parents to enroll their children in schools run by the Local Education Authority (LEA), recognised by FCTA.
He added that:
“It is not by adding private to the name of a school that makes it a good school, parents should send their children to LEA schools where they are qualified teachers and facilities.”
Speaking further, the director stated that some of the schools visited were located in murky areas with some of them built in flood-prone areas.
Some of the affected schools visited are Raphil Nursery and Primary School Kado Life Camp with about 25 to 30 pupils cramped into a poorly ventilated classroom. Other schools visited in the Life Camp area are Destiny Nursery and Primary School located at Ireke Junction and Fountain of Peace School where primary one to five pupils were put into one classroom.
Some of the schools in Lugbe on the airport road, serve as both school and church. One of such schools is the Signs and Wonders Academy located in Tudun Wada Lugbe. A portion of the church auditorium has been segmented into primary one and two. The Winners Secondary School and the Goodness Nursery and Primary Academy in Tudun Wada are both located on a flood plane.