A School in Rivers State

The Governor of Rivers State, one of the prominent Niger Delta states has disclosed that more than 1866 illegal schools operating in various locations in the state have been forcefully closed down. Gov. Wike gave this startling revelation when the management staff of Jesuit Memorial College, Mbodo Aluu paid him a courtesy visit in his office, the Bricks House in Port Harcourt.

He revealed that parents who patronized the affected schools have been strongly advised to relocate their children to approved schools nearer to them in order to avoid being stranded when the next academic session begins in September 2017. Wike gave reasons for the closure of the schools as being substandard, inadequate classrooms, laboratories and teachers in the affected schools. Some of the schools were also accused of operating without a valid approved license from the state ministry of Education.

Governor Wike Addressing Students

The governor reiterated the resolve of his administration to meet specified standards set for every school in Rivers State by the Rivers State Ministry of Education. He promised that any school that falls short of the required standard will be closed down.

According to Wike “We want to maintain standards that would elevate the standards of education in the state.” The governor stressed that his administration was focused on transformation and empowering its citizen through an enhanced and quality education sector.

Students of Jesuit Memorial College, Port Harcourt.

Governor Wike condemned in strong terms the existence of some illegal schools in the state which are strategically sited in remote areas so as to be used as magic centres to aid and abet fraudulent activities in the West African Examination Council (WAEC) examinations.

The Governor commended the management of the Jesuit Memorial College for establishing a branch of the secondary school in Rivers State in memory of the 60 pupils who lost their lives in the Sosoliso air crash in Port Harcourt on December 10, 2005. He assured the school’s management of the state government support and assistance towards accomplishing the mission of the school.

Jesuit Memorial College, Port Harcourt.

The principal of the Jesuit Memorial College, Rev Emeka Asogwa appreciated the River’s State government for supporting and partnering with the school, especially in infrastructural development. Rev Asogwa used the occasion to appeal to the governor to assist the school to secure the Certificate of Occupancy for the 21 hectares of land allocated to them by the government.