By Henry Umoru
ABUJA- MINISTER of the Federal Capital Territory Administration, FCTA, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello raised alarm yesterday that his major challenge was the proliferation of sub-standard private schools in the nation’s Federal Capital Territory.
According to him, the current FCT Administration was poised to tackling the proliferation of sub-standard private schools making them maintain what the government called, acceptable minimum standard.
Speaking yesterday while delivering a speech to mark the flag-off of the 2015/2016 Annual School Census at Government Secondary School, Area 10, Garki I District, Abuja, the FCT Minister reiterated that if such schools were left the way they are at the moment, their activities would be counterproductive to the Federal Capital Territory educational system.
Malam Bello who remarked that proprietors of such schools are exploiting the unfettered influx of people into the Federal Capital Territory, which was unacceptable, just as he reiterated that though the proliferation of sub-standard private schools remains a challenge, the Administration would address it with seriousness.
He said, “Sub-standard private schools that take advantage of the unfettered influx of the people into the city remains a challenge but the current Administration would redress it to ensure provision of high quality education for our children.”
He commended the principal, teachers and students of Government Secondary School, Garki for maintaining high standard of environmental sanitation and urged other public institutions in the Territory to emulate what was seen in the school.
Also speaking at the occasion, the Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu said that in order to facilitate the collection and collation of education data in Nigeria, the Federal Ministry of Education has concluded arrangement to host the NEMIS software on the Internet for real-time online data entry and processing.
According to him, this will further ensure uniformity in data reporting so that end-users will have timely reports for decision-making and research.