ANAMBRA State Government has announced the closure of 12 private schools in the state for engaging in alleged irregularities, including examination malpractices, besides avoidance of taxes.
This followed the three-day warning strike embarked upon by the schools over multiple taxation by the government.
The state Commissioner for Basic Education, Kate Omenugha, disclosed this in an interview with journalists in Awka. Prof. Omenugha also said the schools did not have requisites for conducive teaching and learning; such as educational facilities and qualified teachers.
She listed the schools as Jubilee Secondary School, Ihiala, Jonjay Comprehensive Secondary School, Ihiala, Redemption Model Secondary School Awada, Obosi, Higher Achievers Secondary School, Uli and Spencer Secondary School, Uli.
Others are City High Secondary School, Ozubulu, Summit Comprehensive College, Obosi, Dominion Comprehensive Secondary School, Obosi and Keep Looking to Jesus Comprehensive Secondary School, Nnewi.
They also included Azia Comprehensive Secondary School, Azia, Star Light Secondary School, Ogbunike and Bilingual Secondary School, Abagana
Prof. Kate, who said the ministry was committed to sanitising the education sector, lamented that some private schools had engaged in examination malpractices, otherwise known as ‘miracle centres’.
She said, “The Ministry of Education has done a lot towards getting private schools to work together to achieve more for the state, but some miscreants are bent on distorting the system.
“It is unheard of that private schools will embark on a strike without writing to the ministry. We invited the groups to an emergency meeting on March 14, but two of the four groups declined the invitation and instead resorted to strike.
“Anambra State is the only state granting subvention to private schools. In the last administration, they were given N2.5 million for laboratories as well as buses.”
The commissioner explained that the government granted N1 million each to about 200 private schools for sick bays and sporting facilities. She said private schools should plough back to develop the society.