By Chidi Nkwopara
OWERRIâ€”Imo State Government says it has completed arrangements to set up a committee to work out modalities for regulating the establishment of private schools in the state.
The Commissioner for Education, Professor Jude Njoku, who disclosed this while addressing a meeting of All Nigeria Conference of Principals of Secondary Schools (ANCOPSS) in Owerri,Â explained that this would help in ensuring that they meet the basic standards.
â€œGovernment will employ new teachers and non-tutorial staff in secondary schools, as well as hand over some schools to voluntary agencies, who were the original ownersâ€, Njoku said.
He further said, “not too long from now, the N50 million endowment fundÂ would beÂ launched by the state government. It will go a long way in rehabilitating dilapidated school buildings and provide adequate infrastructural facilities in the schools.â€
He said that the Permanent Secretary in his Ministry would soon issue a release on the increase of school fees to N8,000 per term, per student and urged the principals to closely monitor the reactions of parents and guardians and report back to government.