Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state, in Port Harcourt yesterday said, about 1,886 schools have been shut down for operating without government’s approval.
Wike made this known when the management of Jesuit Memorial College, Mbodo-Aluu, paid him a courtesy visit. He said the schools were shut for failing to meet specified standards of the state Ministry of education. Wike told parents with wards in the affected schools to relocate their wards before the next academic session begins.
According to Wike, 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 explained that his administration was committed to transforming the state and empowering its people through an enhanced education sector, he also said, that most illegal schools have become WAEC magic centres where examination malpractices are promoted.
He, praised 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.
He assured them that the state government would ensure that the school served the people better.
Rev. Emeka Asogwa praised the state government for partnering with the school for infrastructural development. He also appealed to the governor to assist the school to get the Certificate of Occupancy for the 21 hectare of land allocated to it by the state government.