Kaduna Promises To Sanitize Private School Operations And Close Down ‘Miracle Centres’
The Kaduna State Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Shehu Adamu, has reiterated the state government’s commitment towards improving the standard of education by sanitizing the operations of private schools in the state and ensuring that ‘miracle centres,’ otherwise known as special centres, are shut down.
Adamu stated this, while briefing newsmen in Kaduna recently. He said, a recent survey report on all private schools within the state revealed that, quite a number of them do not operate within minimum standard; as such, there is the need to sanitize them, in order to improve the quality of education.
According to him, some of the schools operate in non-conducive environment and rented apartments, while others operate in just a single room, which he noted cannot be acceptable,
While admitting that private schools are part of programmes that add up to the educational sector, he said strict measures will also be taken against any private school that operates below the minimum standard. “Any school that failed to meet the government’s minimum standard shall be shut down.
He also expressed concern on the spate of examination malpractices, especially in national examinations conducted by National Examination Council (NECO), West Africa Examinations Council (WAEC), and Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), among others; noting that, the ministry would station its officials in schools to monitor national examinations with a view to checkmating malpractices, particularly schools suspected to be operating as ‘miracle centers.’
The commissioner noted that some students pay high amount of money to register in such centers for answers but promised to keep an eye on such schools to ensure strict compliance to laid-down rules and regulations.
“I assure you that in the next one or two years, ‘miracle centres’ will fold up in Kaduna State.”
It would be recalled that in February 2012, the upper chamber of the National Assembly banned the existence of special centers, placing a two-year ban on any school found wanting; but it is worthy of note that the ban is yet to be enforced by the appropriate authorities as this centres still exist.
It is generally believed that these special centres are gateways (and short-cuts) to automatic passes in examinations, once their ‘guidelines’ are met by the students who enroll in them. The bulk of students, who rush to these ‘centres’ are those, who try to jump cue from studying hard, in order to (properly) pass in their exams.