Kaduna govt in­au­gu­rates c’ttee on pri­vate schools

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The Kaduna State gov­ern­ment yesterday in­au­gu­rated a 17-man com­mit­tee to look into the oper­a­tions of pri­vate schools in the state.

Inau­gu­rat­ing the com­mit­tee in Kaduna, the states’ Com­mis­sioner for Ed­u­ca­tion, Science and Tech­nol­ogy, Dr Shehu Adamu, said the mea­sure was part of ef­forts to re­vive and re­struc­ture the ed­u­ca­tion sec­tor.

Adamu said mem­bers of the com­mit­tee were drawn from faith-based as­so­ci­a­tions, Par­ent Teach­ers As­so­ci­a­tion, Min­istry of Jus­tice, pri­vate school boards, as well as the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion.

He said the com­mit­tee was ex­pected to iden­tify the to­tal num­ber of pri­vate schools op­er­at­ing in the state, their lo­ca­tions, struc­ture and suit­abil­ity of learn­ing en­vi­ron­ments, as well as their reg­is­tra­tion sta­tus.

The com­mit­tee was also asked to eval­u­ate the teach­ing and non-teach­ing staff in the schools, their qual­i­fi­ca­tions and the num­ber of stu­dents/ pupils and fees charged.

It was also ex­pected to iden­tify schools that were op­er­at­ing as Mir­a­cle Cen­tres and make rec­om­men­da­tions on how to re­duce ex­am­i­na­tion mal­prac­tice in the state.

The com­mit­tee would ex­am­ine the law es­tab­lish­ing pri­vate school boards and make fur­ther rec­om­men­da­tions that could would en­hance the oper­a­tions and per­for­mance of pri­vate schools in the state.

The com­mis­sioner said that the com­mit­tee, which had Dr Shuaibu Shehu as Chair­man and Dr Joseph Bi­jimi as Sec­re­tary, was given three weeks to sub­mit its re­port.

Adamu noted con­cerns em­a­nat­ing from stake­hold­ers, pro­pri­etors, com­mu­ni­ties and gov­ern­ment on ex­am­i­na­tion mal­prac­tice and pro­lif­er­a­tion of mir­a­cles cen­tres, say­ing, pri­vate school pro­pri­etors con­trib­ute sig­nif­i­cantly to the de­vel­op­ment of the ed­u­ca­tion sec­tor. “How­ever, we are only go­ing to al­low the pro­lif­er­a­tion of pri­vate schools un­der laws es­tab­lish­ing pri­vate school man­age­ment board,” he said. He added, “this is to safe­guard the in­ter­est of the stu­dents, par­ents and pro­pri­etors so that we can all work to­gether and key into the pro­grammes of the present ad­min­is­tra­tion.’’

Re­spond­ing, the chair­man of the com­mit­tee thanked the Kaduna State gov­ern­ment for find­ing them wor­thy to be part of the team in trans­form­ing the ed­u­ca­tion sec­tor and pledged the com­mit­ment of mem­bers in meet­ing the ob­jec­tives. (NAN)

PHOTO Sani Maikatanga

Kano State Com­mis­sioner of Agri­cul­ture, Dr. Yusuf Gawuna (sec­ond left) ad­dresses stu­dents of Rochas Foun­da­tion Col­lege, af­ter the state gov­ern­ment’s do­na­tion of set of desk­top com­put­ers and sit­ting tools to the school in Kano

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