Plateau To Sanction, Close Down Illegal Schools For Indiscriminate Increase Of Fees

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Yakubu Busari

Plateau state ministry of Education has vowed to take decisive disciplinary measure to sanction and close down all the private schools that refused to comply with state government rules and regulations guiding education.

The Commissioner of Education, Hon Joseph Mairiga made the disclosure during stakeholders meeting held in Jos.

He promised to ensure that any should any school make an increase on school fees without adequate consultation, it shall be close down indefinitely and the school will punished.

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Mairiga emphasized the need for private schools owners to employed 80% of qualified teachers who are having the teaching qualifications to teach.

According to the commissioner, one of the private schools In Bassa Local Government Council was shutdown owning to the manner the school authority handled the case of student who wrote a love letter to the teacher.

Mairiga condemned the action taken by the management which practically punished the girl under cobra method leading to said girl drinking chemical that killed her even though they rushed her to the hospital.

The commissioner added it happened in a school where a student of SSS2 lost her live after drinking insecticide known as Otapiapia for the shame of opening exposing her love relationship with one of the teacher.

Hon Mairiga faulted some private schools over indiscriminate increase in school fees, extortion and other fees charged on parents even when their schools are substandard.

He admitted and identified the contribution of private schools performance of students during local and international competitions.

The commissioner also pledged government readiness to partner with all the association of schools owners to improve the learning standard of the students.

He reiterated that Penalty of N150, 000, awaits schools that embark on indiscriminate increased of schools fees in the state without proper notice from the ministry of education.

The permanent secretary John Kum thanked Governor Simon Bako Lalong for creating conducive atmosphere for the progress of academic activities in Plateau state.

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