The Rivers State Government has approved the operation of 1,415 private schools in the state.
They were among the 2,511 school which applied for the exercise.
The Chairman of the approval committee, Ndimele Ozo-Mekuri told journalists that 659 schools were also granted interim accreditation and 437 schools were denied operational approval.
Ozo-Mekuri, a professor, was speaking while submitting the committee’s report to Governor Nysom Wike in Port Harcourt.
While receiving the report, Wike said he was concerned and committed to ensuring that private schools are of approved standard with right facilities.
The governor, who was represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Tammy Danagogo, added, “We have no doubt that this report will help us sanitise the educational sector to create a state with high educational standards befitting for the growth and development of our children.”
He directed the Ministry of Education to swing into necessary actions against schools denied accreditation and urged parents and national examination bodies to take note of the new development.
EduCeleb.com recalls that the state government had asked all approved schools to re-register after what it termed the substandard nature of some of them months back.