ENUGU, Nigeria (VOICE OF NAIJA)- More than 300 private schools in Borno risk being shut down for failure to participate in the government’s mandatory accreditation.
Commissioner for Education Lawan Wakilbe told reporters in Maiduguri on Wednesday that the exercise became necessary to contain the proliferation and unwholesome activities of some private schools.
He said it was of concern that since the exercise began in 2022, only 266 private schools had complied out of about 600 of them.
Wakilbe said the ministry, private school proprietors, the Ministry of Justice and the police would meet on Saturday to warn about the illegality of operating unaccredited schools.
He added that the meeting would also warn about the possibility of shutting defaulting schools and the prosecution of their proprietors.
“We may reopen the registration window for a short period for final compliance, and that is even after approval must have been obtained from the State Executive Council,’’ the commissioner said.
Mr Wakilbe also said Borno was placing a high premium on technical and vocational education to produce graduates who could become self-employed.
“Out of the 1.8 million out-of-school children we have, a significant number have overgrown regular school cycles.
“Most of them grew up in Internally Displaced People camps.
“The best way to handle such children is through basic literacy, numeracy and technical skills acquisition so they can pick up their lives,’’ he said.
He noted that the technical and vocational schools were so popular that when the government went to distribute 450 admission forms at the newly established vocational centre in Biu Local Government Area, about 5,000 applicants showed up.
Mr Wakilbe said Governor Babagana Zulum had to approve morning and afternoon sessions for the school and other measures to accommodate the upsurge of willing students.
“It is the same story at Shani Local Government Area. We are about to commission additional technical and vocational schools at Magumeri and Mafa Local Government Areas,’’ Mr Wakilbe said.