Kogi state government has earmarked four hundred and forty-nine private schools for closure following the discovery that they are being operated illegally.
The chairperson of the task force on illegal schools in the state, Dr. (Mrs) Agnes Okai, made the known while submitting report of her committee to the Commissioner of Education, Hon. (Mrs) Grace Elebiyo, in her officer in Lokoja.
Dr (Mrs) Okai said the committee covered a total number of 1,331 schools in different parts of the state.
She stressed that out of this number, 999 were primary schools, 332 secondary schools while 13 were tertiary institutions.
The committee, chairperson said, in the course of its assignment, discovered that some private school proprietors removed the signposts, obviously to dodge being inspected.
She noted also that most of the private schools lack basic teaching aids and qualified teachers.
While receiving the report, the Commissioner of Education, Hon. (Mrs) Grace Elebiyo, applauded the committer for doing a good work.
She said the report will be forward to the Governor Idris Wada, who would give the final directive as to what should be done but assured that the government would leave no stone unturned to sanitise the state’s educational system.
It would be recalled that the state’s government in collaboration with the state Ministry of Education, set up the task force on illegal schools on July 18, 2013 to curb the menace of illegal schools in the state.