By Citizens Platform
The Delta State Government has shut down 662 private primary and secondary schools, which were allegedly operating illegally in the state.
Announcing the closure, the Commissioner of Basic and Secondary Education, Prof. Patrick Muoboghare told journalists on Tuesday at the mid-term report of the Ministry, that the action was necessitated by the new policy direction of the state government, geared towards providing qualitative education at the cradle.
He explained that the affected schools were built below the set standards, and in most cases, they were set up in very unconducive learning environments. He said while some were operating in ramshackle buildings, some shared buildings with churches, hotels, private residences and other business concerns.
Muoboghare also revealed that the state government had returned 41 missionary secondary schools to the original owners, paying N5m as compensatory takeoff grant to each of the respective missions.
According to him,“It is worthy of note that the essence of the handing over is to ginger the spirit of healthy competition among school age children in both public and private schools in the state. Government has come to acknowledge that the missions and original owners were better managers of these schools.”
Source: Citizens Platform
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