Ebonyi State Government has declared its intention to shut down illegal and unapproved private schools that could not meet up with the standard set by the Ministry of Education in the state.
The Head of Service, Dr Chamberlain Nwele, made the disclosure while briefing newsmen on the outcome of State Executive Council Meeting at the Government House, Abakaliki.
He said that a 90 day ultimatum would be given to operators of unapproved private schools in the state to approach the Ministry of Education for compliance before closing down the schools.
Nwele further stressed that “The executive council believes in good quality education of Ebonyi children for the best interest of the students and the state. And due to that Executive council has approved the granting of soft loans to operators of unapproved schools in the state to enable them fast track their registration requirements.” Nwele said.
Meanwhile the Commissioner for Education, Sabinus Nwankwagu, enjoined operators of illegal schools to meet up with school requirements standard as any school that does not have government approval would be closed down.
“If you are operating a school that is not approved by government, there is a section that prescribes six months imprisonment, we need to comply with the conditions of the Laws”. Nwankwagu, also maintained that the Government’s decision was based on the determination of the present administration in the state to totally reposition the education sector.