2,000 Schools Shutdown in Niger not registered – Proprietors

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From Mathew Jwantu, Minna

The National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools (NAPPS), Niger State chapter has said that the 2,000 schools recently shutdown by State officials were unregistered.

The schools operated illegally and were not members of NAPPS, the body’s Chairman, Alalade Femi says.

The closedown of the schools, Femi said in a press statement last week would boost the standard of education in the state.

Media reports therefore alleging complacency against him, Mr. Femi said are misguided.

He said, “On the report that the Commissioner had summoned the Executive Director of the Private School Board on why he did not scrutinise the files before bringing them to her table to be signed, the association wish to state that the statement is untrue and false as the Executive Director had never submitted any file directly to the Commissioner as all files submitted by the Board are usually submitted to the Permanent Secretary who will minute it to the Commissioner for further action.

“On the part that the Board is only existing but not functioning, NAPPS needs to state that the Private Schools Board in Niger state is fully functional and active.

“We wish to state that at no time did we say that the ministry of education hijacked a project from an NGO from France who wanted to assist public and private schools in the state with provision of facilities and materials, such as textbooks, grants and aid infrastructural development. This statement is baseless and without facts.”

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