Asaba — THE recent closure of 662 private primary and secondary schools in Delta State is causing ripples as the fate of the affected pupils and students hangs in the balance.
Investigations showed that while some of the proprietors of the affected school are pleading for time to enable them move to their permanent sites at the commencement of the 2014 academic year, which is one of the reasons for the closure, some others are threatening to drag the state Ministry of Education to court over the action.
Some others interviewed, however, claimed that they were being victimised for no just cause.
But the state Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education, Prof. Patrick Muoboghare, dismissed allegation of witch-hunting, saying “standards must be maintained. We are out to correct things. If they comply with requirements and we go and confirm compliance, why not, we will re-open such schools.”
The state government, closing the schools had said “it is hereby, announced for the information of the general public and particularly parents, guardians and owners of private schools in Delta State to note that the ministry has decided to close down the 662 illegal schools in the various local government areas with immediate effect.
“As a result of this, parents and guardians are advised to take proper note of this announcement and act accordingly in their interest. Furthermore, owners of private schools operating in temporary sites beyond the approved period are hereby, given two months deadline from the date of this day of publication to move to their permanent sites.”