Ebonyi govt seals substandard schools operating in uncompleted buildings


By Victor Nwegede, Abakaliki

Governor Francis Nwifuru-led government has begun to seal illegal and substandard schools in Ebonyi State.

The state government has sealed several schools found in the church halls, uncompleted buildings and unapproved ones in Ohaukwu council area with red ribbons.

The Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Secondary Education, Mr Peter Nwogbaga who made this known in an interview yesterday in Abakaliki, said the state government would proceed to other council areas to continue the closure of the illegal schools.

Nwogbaga expressed displeasure over the rising number of illegal and substandard schools in the state and disclosed that some of the schools sealed included Shalom Nursery and Primary School, Cathedral Methodist Nursery and Primary School, Holy Family Nursery and Primary School, Christian Child Nursery and Primary School, among others.

The state governor’s aide lamented that pastors have turned every available space in their church premises including church halls into classrooms for school activities.

He called on the proprietors of the unapproved private schools in the state to identify with the Ministry of Education officials to guide them on how to establish standard schools and get approvals.

In addition, the Special Assistant to Governor on Primary Education, Mrs Ifoma Agwu said, “it is wrong to keep children under the tree and unapproved environments for schooling, all in the name of private schools,” and maintained that unapproved schools have to be closed down.

The Director of Quality Assurance at the State Ministry of Education, Barrister Tony Ngwuta, said the purpose of the exercise is to sanitize the private school system and appealed to the proprietors to comply with the Committee for Better Education.

Meanwhile, some proprietors of the closed down schools claimed that their headquarters had secured approvals for them to run schools in their church premises.