July 11, 2024

Benue to commence demolition of substandard schools

Benue to commence demolition of substandard schools

BEQA and BSUDB Heads and personnel

By Peter Duru, Makurdi

The Benue State Bureau for Education Quality Assurance, BEQA, in collaboration with the Benue State Urban Development Board, BSUDB, would commence the demolition of substandard schools in the state.

The exercise would be carried out across the state at the end of the 2023/2024 academic session.

The Director General of BEQA, Dr. Terna Francis who made this known when he led a delegation to the board yesterday in Makurdi, said the move underscored BEQA’s commitment to restoring excellence in the state education sector.

The Director General decried the rot in the sector assuring that the Governor Hyacinth Alia-led administration was committed to transforming the sector and making it the envy of other states.

He said the BEQA had already taken steps to ensure sanity in the sector emphasizing that “our office is tasked with the responsibility of closing schools that fail to meet establishment guidelines, education laws, as well as the national policy on education.”

Dr. Francis pointed out that at the end of this term, BEQA would publish a list of all substandard schools operating in the state that would be affected by the exercise.

He advised parents to withdraw their children and wards from such schools for quality-assured ones, stressing, “We will not only seal schools but also demolish structures that threaten learners’ safety.”

He advised anyone seeking to establish a school in the state to first visit the Urban Development Board to obtain all the necessary permits before undertaking the venture.

He said, “it is no more business as usual because the Bureau will effectively monitor to the letter each step in the process of school establishment in any part of the state.”

Welcoming the BEQA delegation earlier, the General Manager, Ternongo Mede lauded the efforts Dr. Francis was making towards strengthening the quality of education in the state and pledged the Board’s full cooperation in implementing the new policies and programs.

He said, “Education in the state has become a business for many people, but we are prepared to synergize with BEQA to commence this exercise of demolishing illegal school structures immediately.”

Present at the meeting were Directors, Heads of Departments, and staff from both BEQA and the BSUDB.