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FCTA threatens closure of schools found abusing operational rules

Acting Director, FCT Quality Assurance Department, Magdalene Uzoanya during a meeting with the leadership of the National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools NAPPS in Abuja. Photo: Remi Johnson

The Federal Capital Territory Education Secretariat has threatened to shut down any school that fails to meet the required and minimum standard of operation in the nation’s Capital.

Acting Director, FCT Quality Assurance Department, Magdalene Uzoanya issued the warning in a meeting with the leadership of the National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools (NAPPS), FCT chapter, in Abuja.

Mrs Uzoanya said the measures became necessary to enforce compliance with the Nigerian Educational Curriculum towards improving the quality of teaching and learning.

She specifically warned private schools that operate with expired accreditation certificates to desist from such acts to avoid penalties.

Mrs Uzoanya while highlighting the various stages, procedures and approval for the establishment of Schools, insisted that all statutory laws and regulations pertaining to school operations must be adhered to by all school owners.

She also decried the non-payment of the approved annual accreditation fees by some private school owners, urging the Proprietors to pay such fees, and assured them that the department would not compromise standards.

Also speaking at the meeting, Deputy Director and Chairman, Revenue Taskforce, Malam Mudi Mohammed instructed the schools to brace up and pay their fees as the task force would not leave any stone unturned in an effort to recover the accruing debts.

Responding on behalf of the Proprietors, Rukayyat Agboola, the Chairperson of the Private Schools Association, explained that many school owners face enormous challenges, and assured the authorities that the new executives of the association would work hand in hand with the regulatory body.

She, however, advocated for a grant from the government for private school owners to enable them to cushion the impact of a financial burden on schools, which she said has been caused by the negative impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Reporting by Remi Johnson; Editing by Abdullahi Lamino and Tony Okerafor