• 337 illegal, sub-standard schools closed in Ebonyi State

    In its bid to sanitize the educational sector in Ebonyi state, the state government has ordered the immediate closure of about 337 illegal and sub-standard schools across the 13 Local Government Areas of the state.

    While briefing newsmen at the state capital, Abakaliki on Tuesday, the state Commissioner for Education, Mr Ndubuisi Agbo said that the affected schools were pointed out by a high-powered 10-man committee set up in the Local Government Areas to locate sub-standard schools.

    “The closure of the schools is necessary in order to purge the education system of illegality and raise the standard of education in the state,” he said.

    According to him, government will no longer accept an unregulated system of education.

    “Any school that must be established in the state should have a block of six classrooms, library, examination hall, laboratory, offices and recreational facilities.

    “The exercise is not intended to witch-hunt anybody in the state but to sanitise the sector for a better tomorrow.

    “It is expected that at the end of the exercise, not even a single illegal school will exist in the state and that is why we have taken it to the grassroots.

    “We are not doing that because we want to witch-hunt or victimise anybody; if we succeed in doing this, we would have reduced the level of examination malpractices by 50 per cent.

    “All we are doing is to make sure that we bequeath a system that is very solid for
    generations yet unborn.”

    Mr Agbo explained that the state Governor, Martins Elechi believed in quality and that was why there was embargo on the establishment of public schools.

    He said, “This administration has not established any new school, rather we are channelling all our resources to attain the desired quality.”

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