The National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools (NAPPS), Ebonyi chapter, says all private schools unable to meet set standards will be shut down.
The State President of the association, Mrs Onyeoma Kelechi, announced this in Abakaliki during the 2017 NAPPS Day celebration.
Kelechi stressed that the association must key into the quality education drive of the Ebonyi Government.
“NAPPS Ebonyi chapter shall by next week set up a high powered committee to identify all substandard and mushroom private schools in the state for immediate closure, “Kelechi said.
She said that NAPPS, as the umbrella body for all private schools nationwide, would not compromise standard.
Kelechi said that the association must insist that schools, established by NAPPS members meet the “basic requirements for school approvals.’’
She commended Gov. David Umahi for his achievements, especially in the education sector.
The Commissioner for Education, Prof. John Eke, who also spoke, stressed the need for private schools to maintain high standards.
Eke, represented by Mrs Blessing Ezeoke, a Director in the Ministry of Education, urged private schools owners to always employ qualified teachers.
“I commend your efforts and also remind you that there must be standard; ensure you always employ qualified and skilled teachers.
“Whatever you do, remember the future of the children,” Eke said.
The Deputy Governor, Mr Eric Igwe, who also spoke, commended the association for complementing government’s efforts in the education sector.
Represented by Prof. Adaeze Nwuzor, the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Higher Education, said that Ebonyi children should be empowered through qualitative education.
“We want NAPPS to work as a team with the state government for a successful implementation of government’s comprehensive educational programmes,’’ Igwe said.