Akwa Ibom State Government on Thursday in Uyo warned that it would shut all illegal schools in the state.
At a media forum, the Commissioner for Education, Mrs. Eunice Thomas, said the ministry would commence visitations to schools to authenticate their certificates of registration.
“Any school that did not meet government’s approved standard will be closed down,” she warned.
Thomas said the government had received a consignment of books worth N16.2 million for its free and compulsory education programme, the News Agency of Nigeria reports.
She said it was illegal for some private schools, which had approval to operate nursery classes to extend their programmes to cover to primary and secondary schools.
“The state government has observed that while some proprietors of these private schools operate without certificates of registration, some had failed to update their documents to cover the additional schools,” she stated.
Thomas said that many of the operators did not have the facilities to accommodate the expansion they carried out.
The commissioner said several meetings were held with stakeholders in an effort to make the system functional for the 1.7 million pupils and students in the state.
She stated that government’s aim was to provide a sustained education system for the state.