A School in Akwa Ibom State

The rising cases of illegal private schools springing up everywhere in Akwa Ibom state are of grave concern to the state government as it intensifies effort to sanitise and remodeled the educational system in Akwa Ibom State.

To check this disturbing trend the state government is planning to close down about 1,140 illegal schools operating in the state without approval and supervision.

The schools made up of both nursery, primary and secondary schools have been operating in the state for many years without control and approval. Despite being served with many notices the schools were said to have refused to comply with the directive to stop operating.

The state Commissioner of Education Professor Nse Essien dropped the news in Uyo, the state capital while exchanging views with journalists on Thursday. According to him the rising cases of unapproved private schools in the state is becoming alarming hence the move to stop it.

Essien said “These schools are not approved by the Ministry of Education in the state and students are taught under unhygienic conditions where the learning environment is deplorable.

“We have in the ministry the minimum standards which must be fulfilled before opening any school in the state, “Mr. Essien said.

Poor Facilities in an Akwa Ibom School

Essien promised to published names of the affected schools for the public to know and avoid in future dealings as regards the education of their wards.

According to the commissioners, the owners of these schools should note that they have committed an offence by setting up a school without approval from the state government. They, therefore, stand the risk of being prosecuted under the law.

The Commissioner also revealed plans by the government to introduce E-learning into the school system as a means of improving and providing quality to students.

According to him “The world today is evolving with technology. It is moving away from manual processes and we cannot afford to lag behind.

“E-learning will provide accessibility to the students at all times by the teachers even after school hours. For example, missed lessons can be reviewed, students will have access to improved, updated and world-class libraries and learning facilities,” He said.