Nigeria to shut unapproved ‘mushroom’ schools nationwide

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The Nigerian government has disclosed its plans to shut down unapproved private schools across the country.

This move, it said, is part of efforts at upholding standards in the education sector.

Minister of State for Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, made this known in Abuja, while noting that the closure of such “mushroom schools was imminent in the light of their unacceptably low standards.”

A statement issued by the ministry quoted the minister as saying that the National Secondary Education Commission, billed to take off soon, was part of the “steps and institutional preparations towards the crackdown.”

“The minister noted that the NSEC would work closely with relevant stakeholders to tighten the noose on operators of mushroom secondary schools,” the statement read in part.

“He also noted that as much as the government was doing everything possible to bring every child of school-age on board, quality and standard must not be sacrificed on the platter of greedy operators of mushroom schools.”

A part of the statement also noted that this subject would be part of considerations at the 2019 National Council on Education holding between 4th and 8th November.

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Mr Nwajiuba is expected to present a memo on standardisation and quality assurance for secondary schools at the NCE meeting.

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