The Ekiti State government has closed down another set of 35 private schools it said were ?sub-standard and unregistered private schools.? The action brings the number of private schools shut in the state so far to 166.

A statement by the state Ministry of Information quoted the state Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Dr. Eniola Ajayi, as saying that ?private schools that could not meet the standard set by the state government would not be allowed to operate.?

It said Dr. Ajayi ?reiterated the commitment of the Governor Kayode Fayemi led administration to the provision of a conducive learning environment that would enable student perform excellently, stressed that
government would not compromise the future of children in the state.

The Commissioner recalled that government had recently renovated public school buildings and built additional modern classrooms and offices while furniture items were also provided in the schools.

Advising Proprietors who could not afford to run standard school to bow out gracefully, Dr. Ajayi warned that government would continually fish out sub-standard and unregistered schools in the
state.

She said that the minimum standard expected from the proprietors include: operation on their permanent site after three years of establishment, registration by government, 4 standard classrooms at inception, functional library, separate laboratory for Physics, Chemistry and Biology for secondary schools.

Others are availability of quality teachers and principal with at least 5 years teaching experience as well as adequate and suitable furniture coupled with the availability of at least 4 standard toilets.

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