Government to close substandard schools nationwide

By Temitope Mustapha, Abuja
Plans are underway to close substandard private primary schools and secondary schools across the country.
The Minister of State for Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, made this known in Abuja, while noting that the closure of such “mushroom schools was imminent in the light of their unacceptably low standards.”
A statement issued by the ministry quoted the minister as saying that the National Secondary Education Commission, billed to take off soon, was part of the “steps and institutional preparations towards the crackdown.”
The statement read, “The minister noted that the NSEC would work closely with relevant stakeholders to tighten the noose on operators of mushroom secondary schools.
 He also noted that as much as the government was doing everything possible to bring every child of school-age on board, quality and standard must not be sacrificed on the platter of greedy operators of mushroom schools.”
Nwajiuba said the ministry would present a memo on standardisation and quality assurance for secondary schools at the next National Council on Education meeting to hold between 4th and 8th of November.
Lateefah Ibrahim