Federal Capital Territory Administration, FCTA, has ordered the operators of “unapproved and unaccredited” private schools, Nursery, Primary and secondary, to shut it down willingly or face the full wrath of the law.
The administration has also mandated the FCT Education Secretariat to commence the closure of the illegal schools, and also arrest the operators.
Director, Department of Quality Assurance of the Education Secretariat of the Administration, Mr. Ayuba Didam, who announced the plans yesterday in Abuja, noted that the activities of the unapproved and unregistered schools is negatively affecting the quality of education in the territory.
He revealed that members of his staff located in all the six Area Councils of FCT have carried out inspection of the schools within their jurisdiction and have identified some unregistered schools who imparting substandard knowledge to “innocent” students.
“It is surprising to see parents who prefers to take their children to a clearly dilapidated and unapproved schools simply because they are tagged as “private” rather than enroll them at public schools that are within walking distances of their homes” he said.
He however reaffirmed the commitment of the FCT Education Secretariat, to ensuring that FCT is rid out of illegal schools, “which does more harm than good to children”.
Mr. Didam added that, “Supervision, monitoring and evaluation of schools in FCT, especially in the satellite towns, is a routine exercise targeted at ensuring that minimum standards are met in both public and private schools operating in FCT. This is in terms of physical planning, infrastructure, quality staffing, curricular and extra-curricular activities”.
He however warned corporate organisations especially manufacturers of children food and drinks to desist from using their billboards as sign posts for illegal schools, thereby conferring some sort of legitimacy on such schools

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