At least 1,886 schools operating without government’s approval have been shut down by the Rivers State Government on Tuesday, August 8, 2017.
Speaking yesterday in Port Harcourt when the management staff of Jesuit Memorial College, Mbodo-Aluu, paid him a courtesy visit, Governor Nyesom Wike, said the schools were shut for failing to meet specified standards of the state Ministry of education.
Wike also said that parents patronising the affected schools had been told to relocate their wards before the next academic session began.
According to him, the government will fully implement measures aimed at strengthening the state education sector by September.
“We want to maintain standards that will uplift education in the state,” Wike said.
The governor further stressed that his administration was committed to transforming the state and empowering its people through an enhanced education sector.
He condemned examination malpractice associated with some illegal schools operating as West African Examination Council (WAEC) centres in some remote parts of the state.
According to the governor, most illegal schools have become WAEC magic centres where examination malpractices are promoted.
NAN quoted him as lauding the management of the Jesuit Memorial College for establishing a branch in Rivers in honour of the 60 students who died in the Sosoliso air crash in Port Harcourt on Dec.10, 2005.