By: Kolawole Olayinka, Abeokuta
The Ogun State Government has began a clamped down on illegal private nursery, primary and secondary schools in the State with a call on their Proprietors to regularise their operation within 30 days or be shut down permanently
The State Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Mrs. Modupe Mujota, accompanied by the Special Adviser to the Governor on Education, Mr. Bayo Adeyemi and other top management staff of the Ministry, said this during the on-going monitoring exercise tagged “Operation praise or shame” in Ogun Central District of the State.
Mujota said the exercise became necessary following findings that most of the schools were operating without authorization of the ministry, adding that any schools that have been shut down would remain shut until necessary regularization is carried out.
“The exercise is basically to root out all unapproved private schools that are operating without the authorization of the ministry. The schools were closed down because they can’t operate without approval/authorization. It means that your facilities have not been tested for safety”, the Commissioner emphasize
She admonished owners of private school in the State not to wait until government wield the ‘big stick’’ before paying all necessary dues and levies, advising parents and guardians to look for only government approved schools, before enrolling their children,
Mrs. Mujota who ordered immediate closure of a Tutorial College operating inside a filling station on Ijoko road, off Gas Line area, Ado-Odo Ota Local Government in Ogun West Senatorial District, chided the owner of the college for putting the lives of the students at risk.
She advised the students to stay away from the college until it relocate to a more befitting place and complete necessary registration formalities with the State Government.
Also speaking, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Education Mr. Bayo Adeyemi, said the “Praise or Shame” exercise was not aimed at witch-hunting anybody, but to sanitize the system, adding that it was a criminal offence for any school closed down to re-open without necessary authorization from the State government.
At Sagamu Local Government Area in Ogun East Senatorial District, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Alhaji Sefiu Rasheed, advised private schools owners to visit the Zonal Education Office of the Ministry for proper documentation and registration.