Edo to prosecute operators of unapproved private schools

The Edo State Government has warned operators of private schools and lecture centres without approval from the State Ministry of Education to desist from such.

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In a statement signed on Thursday, Secretary to the State Government, Osarodion Ogie, decried the activities of some private individuals and organisations, who operated educational centres with substandard instructional facilities and personnel in shanties across the state.

He said, “Operators of such centres risk prosecution.

“All existing illegal private schools and lecture centres, as well as all private individuals/organisations running these centres are advised to visit the Planning, Research and Statistics of the Ministry of Education for guidelines on schools’ registration/approval.”

“Government has constituted a taskforce to clamp down on illegal private school/lecture centres to seal the premises and prosecute those promoting them.”

Ogie urged parents/guardians to register their children and wards at only approved private schools and lecture centres or in the nearest public schools.

In another development, Director, Chris Oyakhilome Foundation International, , Pastor Omon Alabi,  has said investing in children’s education had been described as an essential means of maximising their future wellbeing, that of their communities and nation at large

 Alabi made this assertion on Thursday in Iguobazuwa, Ovia South-West Local Government Area of Edo State, at the foundation laying ceremony of a tuition-free nursery and primary school, Inner City Mission School in the community.

She noted that Oyakhilome, believed children are the future hence must be provided with resources required to become productive adult.

“The school will cater for pupils who have dropped out of schools or who have not been in the school due to financial constraints. It will provide uninterrupted access to six years of rich educational contents which will give them what they need to become adult who are profitable to the society. Undoubtedly, the growth of education is parallel to the growth of any society. For many disadvantaged children, education is a potential ticket out of poverty and deprivation,” she noted.

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SOURCE: PUNCH

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Updated: September 24, 2021 — 3:45 pm

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