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PLATEAU: Over 100 schools shut down in 2018- Govt

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Plateau State Government in 2018 shut down no fewer than 100 schools across 17 Local Government Areas (LGA) in the state.

The Commissioner for Secondary Education, Jude Dakur, made this disclosure in Jos, on Friday when he received an award on human values and education given to him by a research organisation.

According to him, the schools, which were closed down in 2018, did not meet the standard requirements to educate children.

“Some of the schools were not certified to operate, some had unqualified teachers and inconducive environment for learning,’’ the commissioner said.

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Dakur stated that the government is committed to improving the standard of education in the state by enforcing strict compliance to standards of operations.

“I pledge my commitment to improve human capital in secondary schools in the state,’’ he added.

He commended Gov. Simon Lalong for his massive investment in the education sector through infrastructure development and procurement of science laboratory equipment for secondary schools.

Supol James Goleng, the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of A Division in Plateau, a recipient of similar award from the research organisation, urged government to put in place good security architecture in schools.

Goleng said this would address any lapses and forestall any incidents such as kidnapping, which was becoming rampant in schools.

He noted that community policing is important and requires the cooperation of every member of the community to secure lives and property, adding that giving out unnecessary personal information on social media should be avoided.

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