By Iyalla Adaye Port Harcourt
Rivers state Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, has declared that all unapproved schools in the state will no longer be allowed to operate as from September. Speaking when the management of Jesuit Memorial College, Mbodo-Aluu paid him a courtesy call in Government House, Wike said that 1,886 schools have been shut down in the state for failing to meet specifi ed standard.
“We have told parents of children in the 1,886 schools to relocate their wards before the commencement of the next academic session “By September, we shall fully implement measures aimed at strengthening the state education sector. We want to maintain standard that will uplift education in the state.
Wike said that education was critical to the administration’s agenda to transform the state and empower the people. He regretted that most illegal schools have become WAEC magic centres where examination malpractice was prevailing. Th e governor said that measures had been put in place to check the proliferation of schools in diff erent parts of the state. Th e governor commended the management of Jesuit Memorial College for setting up the institution in honour of the 60 children who died during the Sosoliso plane crash in 2005.
He assured them of the support of the state government to ensure that the school served the people better. Earlier, Principal of Jesuit Memorial College, Rev. Emeka Asogwa informed that the school was established in memory of the 60 children killed during the air crash. He appealed to the Rivers state governor to assist the school with the Certifi cate of Occupancy (CoO) for the 21 hectares of land allocated to it by the state government.