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Lagos Shuts Down 3 Illegal Schools

Ayo Balogun, Lagos

The Lagos State Government has shut three private schools for operating illegally and contravening the guidelines on the establishment and operation of private schools in the State, the State Commissioner for Education, Mrs. Olayinka Oladunjoye has disclosed.

Oladunjoye listed the affected schools to including Honesty Private School located at Nos. 4/6, Akintayo Akinbola Street, Surulere; Heibenah Montessori Schools located at No. 78, Agbebi Street, Ijeshatedo in Surulere and Elyon Ambassador Private School located at No. 3, Mabayoje Street, Oshodi.

According to the Commissioner, the affected schools were also operating in residential/converted structures wherein some shops were attached to the building in question without provision for special rooms and other required facilities.

She noted that besides the fact the schools shared a fence with another registered private school, it was also discovered that they did not provide required records upon demands from officials of state Ministry of Education where those who provided some records were not properly updated.

Mrs. Oladunjoye pointed out that the building of one of the schools, Honesty Private School, is almost half sunk with visible large cracks on the walls while a container was also used as a classroom for Primary III pupils, a situation that not only endanger the lives of students at the school but could apparently impact negatively on them during harsh weather.

She recalled that prior to the closure of the three schools, the state government had served the management of the Schools notices wherein they were advised to relocate to suitable purpose-built structures for their schools and reports back compliance to the state Ministry of Education.

The Commissioner advised private schools operators to always abide with the rules and regulations guiding the establishment and operation of schools in the state adding that it by so doing that the standards of education could be raised to international standards.



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