Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has shut down at least 1,886 schools operating without government’s approval in the state.
Wike made the announcement yesterday when the management staff of Jesuit Memorial College, Mbodo-Aluu, paid him a courtesy visit. He said the schools were shut for failing to meet specified standards of the state Ministry of education.
He said that parents patronising the affected schools had been told to relocate their kids before the next academic session began. According to him, the government will fully implement measures aimed at strengthening the state education sector by September 2017.
According to the governor, most illegal schools have become WAEC magic centres where examination malpractices are promoted.