The Kwara state government yesterday said it had closed down 88 ‘’mushroom’’ private nursery, primary and secondary schools in the state.
The state’s commissioner for Education and Human Capital Development, Engr Musa Yeketi disclosed this while delivering his address at the 2016 Day of the National Association of Proprietors of Private School (NAPPS) in Ilorin, the state capital.
Yeketi asked proprietors of schools still operating illegally to regularise their operation and those with substandard facilities to upgrade them or risk sanctions from government.
The commissioner who acknowledged the impact of private schools in complementing the state government’s efforts in the provision of qualitative education in the state, warned that “no school is above the law of the state”.
“We have some private schools with good infrastructure facilities,instructional materials,qualified personnel that meet international standards.
“However,there are many of these private schools that do not in anyway meet quality standards. Let me use this opportunity to appeal to such substandard schools to upgrade their facilities or face closure;all unregistered schools should regularise their status.