No less than 1,140 illegal schools, said to be operating under unhygienic conditions and deplorable environment, have been penned down for closure by the Akwa Ibom State government.
The state Commissioner for Education, Professor Nse Essien, stated this when he spoke with newsmen in Uyo, the state capital on Thursday.
Essien said the government was going to publish names of the illegal schools.
He added that the measure would help stem the rate of unapproved private schools which continue to multiply in the state.
He said, “These schools are not approved by the Ministry of Education in the state and students are taught under unhygienic conditions where the learning environment is deplorable.
“We have in the ministry the minimum standards which must be fulfilled before opening any school in the state.
“Names of these schools will be published; subsequently, the schools will be closed down.”
According to him, offenders would be prosecuted by the state government.
Adding that the Governor Udom Emmanuel-led government was poised to introduce E-learning into the school system to improve and provide quality education he said:
“The world today is evolving with technology. It is moving away from manual processes and we cannot afford to lag. E-learning will provide accessibility to the students at all times by the teachers even after school hours.
“Missed lessons can be reviewed, students will have access to improved, updated, and world-class libraries and learning facilities.”
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