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Recently, the Department of Quality Assurance of the Federal Capital Territory Administration’s Education Secretariat visited some identified unregistered and substandard schools to Gwagwalada and Kuje Area Councils, where it sensitized the operators on the dangers of the menace.
And without mincing words, the Department took time to warn the operators of such schools adjudged to be operating illegal or below substandard, to discontinue or risk being forced to do so, as it had upped its clamp down on the proliferation of such schools in the Territory.
In particular, officials of the Department visited and inspected a total of six unregistered and substandard basic (primary and secondary) schools-operating in varying make-shift structures- built with woods, zinc and sacks.
It could be recalled that apparently worried by the increasing number of substandard basic and secondary schools in the nation’ city, the Malam Muhammad Musa Bello-led FCT Administration, through the Department of Quality Assurance its Education Secretariat had in July commenced the sensitization exercise, to educate and warn the public to be wary of such schools which constitutes academic, emotional and psychological danger to their wards.
According to the FCTA, the affected schools lacking basic or standard facilities for the proper academic development of the school children are about six hundred in number, operating within the Federal Capital city of Abuja.
Speaking during the exercise in Kuje, the Deputy Director, Registration and Accreditation, Department of Quality Assurance, Hajya Hadiza Mamman, cautioned the operators of the affected schools to stop running the schools or face the wrath of the government.
According to her, the Department will very soon follow up the awareness campaign with an intensive demolition of all identified unregistered and substandard schools in the Territory.
“But most of the schools are make-shift structures within the shanties. So it took a long time for our officials at our zonal offices within the Area Councils to locate and uncover the affected schools.
“The message to parents in FCT is that most of these schools are not only unregistered, but they are not standard educational facilities for children to be at, therefore parents should stop sending their children to such schools.
“We have very many public schools around, so I don’t know why parents would send their children to substandard schools. This is because, in public schools, we have standard structures, qualified teachers and lot of teaching material,” she stressed.
Asked why the Department did nothing to prevent the proliferation of the schools, the Deputy Director said “the problem we have is that these schools are established in remote places without our knowledge; making it difficult for monitoring and inspection that could lead to closure of such schools before now.
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