No less than 2,424 schools operating without government’s approval have been shut down by the Benue State Government on Tuesday, August 15, 2017.
This is coming barely a week after the government of Rivers state took similar decision on illegal schools operating in the state.
The State Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Professor Dennis Ityavyar, who announced the closure to newsmen, said the decision was reached after a stakeholders’ meeting today.
He said that the affected schools failed to meet the necessary requirements which include good environment, play-ground and good classrooms.
Ityavyar further gave the breakdown of schools to include: 1,977 primary, 433 secondary schools and 14 tertiary institutions cut across the three senatorial districts of the state.
He said that the proliferations of schools in the state are responsible for poor performances of students in both external and internal examinations.
According to him, production of half-baked graduates resulted to the establishment of so many miracle centers in the state.
He also revealed that Benue state ranked 14 out of 36 states in the 2017 West African Examination Council.
He said, “The decision to embark on the closure of illegal schools across the 23 local governments of the state is a deliberate step towards improving the standards of quality education in the state.”
The commissioner warned the authority of the schools to adhere to the closure order until all the criteria are met, adding that whoever floats the order will face prosecution.