Ekiti Govt. Reads the Riot Act to Private Schools Owners

Ekiti State Government says sanctions awaits proprietors of private schools in the State caught operating without meeting the parameters spelled out for the establishment of private schools.

Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Mr. Foluso Daramola announced this in Ado Ekiti at a meeting with the leadership of the Association of Proprietors of Private Schools, Ekiti State chapter.

Mr. Daramola, who expressed dismay at the proliferation of substandard private schools in the state, noted that many proprietors of unregistered schools established them in flagrant violation of laid down education guidelines, state town planning as well as environmental laws.

The Commissioner pointed out that most buses conveying private schools pupils were not roadworthy, warning that his ministry would henceforth take steps towards prosecuting proprietors and drivers found conveying pupils in rickety and unsafe buses.

 Mr. Daramola told them that the State Government was not doing this to witch-hunt the proprietors from earning their daily bread but to put sanity into the system.

Responding, the Chairman, National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools, Ekiti State chapter, Reverend Oluwafemi Williams commended the State Government for the development, promising that members of the Association would comply strictly with the directive.

Ekiti State Government had in January this year shut four private schools for operating in a dirty environment and without valid approval.

Ogunrinde Amos

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