Anambra proscribes 12 private schools, identifies 1,901 others

Willie Obiano, Anambra State governor

Anambra State government has proscribed 12 private schools for alleged irregularities.

Commissioner for Basic Education, Kate Omenugha said the schools do not have conducive teaching and learning environments.

The proscription followed the three-day warning strike embarked upon by the schools over multiple taxation by the government.

The proscribed schools are Jubilee Secondary School, Ihiala; Jonjay Comprehensive Secondary School, Ihiala; Redemption Model Secondary School Awada, Obosi, Higher Achievers Secondary School Uli and Spencer Secondary School, Uli.

Others are City High Secondary School, Ozubulu; Summit Comprehensive College, Obosi; Dominion Comprehensive Secondary School, Obosi and Keep Looking to Jesus Comprehensive Secondary School, Nnewi; Azia Comprehensive Secondary School, Azia; Star Light Secondary School, Ogbunike and Bilingual Secondary School Abagana.

Omenugha, who said the ministry is committed to sanitising the education sector, lamented that some private schools had engaged in examination malpractices, otherwise known as “miracle centres”.

In her words, “The Ministry of Education has done a lot towards getting private schools work together to achieve more for the state but some miscreants are bent on distorting the system.

“It is unheard of that private schools will embark on a strike without writing to the ministry. We invited the groups to an emergency meeting on March 14, but two of the four groups declined the invitation and instead resorted to strike.

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“Anambra State is the only state granting subvention to private schools. In the last administration, they were given N2.5 million for laboratories as well as buses.”

The commissioner explained that the government granted N1 million each to about 200 private schools to for sick bays and sporting facilities. She said private schools should plough back to develop the society.

The government also revealed that it had uncovered about 1,901 illegal schools operating in various parts of the state.

“We have 1,901 unapproved schools in the state. We will be publishing their names in the newspapers and we are warning parents not to enrol their children there; these are nursery, primary and secondary schools,” Omenugha said.

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