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Kogi to close down illegal schools …gets education support from UNICEF

Kogi state government has said provision has been made in the 2019 budget for the shutting down of all illegal schools operating across the length and breadth of the state.

Kogi state Commissioner of Education, Science and Technology, Mrs. Rosemary Osikoya disclosed this at a meeting she held with the state government’s appointees and other stakeholders in education, toward the 2018/2019 Annual School Census (ASC) in Lokoja.

Mrs. Osikoya praised Governor Yahaya Bello for his commitment to education reform in the state through the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, stressing that the ministry is already working to enforce closure order on illegal schools operating in the state.

She stated that the state is among the five new states in the country that is being supported on education by the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF).
”We have received correspondence from UNICEF that Kogi State is among the five new states, including Nassarawa, Imo, Edo and Ekiti to receive support from UNICEF on education.

”Support received included the ‘instruments’ for the conduct of 2019 Annual School Census (ASC), and support for education sector planning process in 2019″, she said.

The commissioner said the 2019 Annual School Census(ASC) will start as from April 15 to 19, calling on the school owners, managers and head teachers to make themselves available in their various schools during the period.

While she decried the low compliance by schools in the 2018 ASC, where more than 25,000 questionnaires were distributed and about 3,000 were returned for processing, she advised all schools operating in the state, to as a matter of urgency, visit the ministry’s website (moest.kg.gov.ng) to upload their schools’ records on or before Friday April 19.

”Any school that fails to update their records on or before April 19, will be regarded as illegal school. All private schools operating in Kogi are also required to renew their licences annually,” she stressed.

According to Osikoya, a committee to monitor and ensure that effective and accurate data is obtained from all schools in their respective local government areas is already in place, adding that students’ enrollment, dropouts, teachers’ nominal roll, structures, among others, would be the key indicators to look out for during the census. ”It will also help to get the actual number of teachers on government’s payroll, as six billion naira is expended on teachers’ salaries annually, according to Kogi Teaching Service Commission (TSC)’s report”, she stressed.

It could be recalled that Kogi Government has trained Area Education Evaluators (AEEs) from the 21 Local Government Areas of the state, for the 2018/2019 annual school census.

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