The Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, on Tuesday while addressing the management staff of Jesuit Memorial College, Mbodo-Aluu announced the closure of 1,886 schools operating without approval from the government. He said the schools were shut for failing to meet specified standards of the state ministry of education.
Wike made this known when the management staff of Jesuit Memorial College, Mbodo-Aluu, paid him a courtesy visit. He said the schools were shut for failing to meet specified standards of the state Ministry of education.
The governor said the closure of the schools is part of a more comprehensive educational reform process which would be fully implemented by September. The reforms are aimed at strengthening the state educational sector.
“We want to maintain standards that will uplift education in the state,” he said.
Wike also explained that his administration was committed to transforming the state and empowering its people through an enhanced education sector.
He condemned examination malpractice associated with some illegal schools operating as West African Examination Council (WAEC) centres in some remote parts of the state.
According to the governor, most illegal schools have become WAEC magic centres where examination malpractices are promoted