The Kwara state Government has moved to shut down 132 Private Schools in the state with the claims that the schools were illegal.
Hajia Zainab Bello, the Director of Quality Assurance in the Ministry of Education and Human Capital Development, said apart from being illegal, the school premises were not hygienic.
Bello, who spoke on behalf of Alhaji Musa Yeketi, State Commissioner for Education and Human Capital Development while closing 19 other private schools, said the government had started verification of tertiary institutions in the state.
She said that the objective of the exercise was to fish out those violating the laws, also stating that the government had previously shut down schools which were either built with wooden planks or operating without due authorisation from the state government.
The director assured that the state government is committed to quality education, stressing that government would continue to close private schools operating illegally.
Similarly, the Lagos State Government disclosed that no fewer than 10,427 private schools were operating in different parts of the state without approval, warning that it would shut them if they failed to comply.
According to the state government, only 4,573 out of the 15,000 private schools currently operating in the state, have complied with the state’s school standard practice and other stipulated regulations.
Also, some private schools that have all the right standards and approval from the appropriate boards are still at the verge of closing down due to the economic recession in the country.
The owners in Lagos State have started putting up their schools for sale as they could no longer cope with the high cost of running them.
According to the President of National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools, NAPPS, Lagos State chapter, Alhaji Kamaldeen Akande, some of the schools have already closed down with the hope of resuming operation when the economy bounces back.