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Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Benue state government closes 2,219 schools over poor standards (read more)

The Benue State Government has closed down 2, 219
secondary schools over poor standards.

The State Commissioner for Education, Science and
Technology, Dannis Ityavyar, made this disclosure on
Tuesday in Makurdi, the state capital while fielding
questions from members of the House of Assembly, who
sought explanations over the dwindling standard of
Ityavyar also added that 19 tertiary institutions were
closed down for the same reason.
He said that the state government was working towards
improving the quality of education, declaring that
mushroom schools would not be allowed to operate.
“The only powers we have are limited to quality control;
the owners of schools insist that we cannot dictate fees to
them and there isn’t much that we can do,” he said.
He confirmed that some schools were charging N30,000
to register their students for West Africa Examination
Council (WAEC) senior secondary schools examination as
against the N13,500 charged by the examination body.
“It is a difficult situation because the parents are willing
to pay. In the ministry, we are helpless,” he said.

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