Benue state Government on Tuesday announced the closure of 2,424 schools in the state.
This was announced by the state’s Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Professor Dennis Ityavyar, stating that the affected schools failed to meet the necessary requirement; good environment, playground and good classrooms.
Ityavyar said the closed schools included 1,977 primary schools, 433 secondary schools and 14 tertiary institutions cut across the three senatorial districts of the stated.
The commissioner said that the proliferation of schools in the state was responsible for the poor performances of students in both external and internal examinations.
According to him, “the decision to embark on the closure of illegal schools across the 23 local governments of the state is a deliberate step towards improving the standards of quality education in the state.”
He warned the authority of the closed schools to adhere to the closure order until all the criteria are met adding that whoever who float the order will face prosecution.
To ensure adequate compliance, the commissioner said that powerful team has been set up in all the local governments, members, according to him are traditional rulers, opinion leaders, representatives of the state commissioner of police and Director State Security Services as well as area education officers.
By Bright Bassey