Niger state government has closed down over 2,000 privates schools in Suleja Local Government Area and other parts of the state for operating below government-approved standards.
Alhaji Abubakar Aliyu, Permanent Secretary of Niger Ministry of Education, disclosed this when he received the state Chapter of the National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools (NAPPS) in Minna on Monday, October 14th. Aliyu disclosed that the schools were closed down for operating below standard in terms of infrastructure, offices, toilets, water, and human resources.
“We have a monitoring team from the private school management board that monitors schools both in the state and local government areas to ensure that they operate within the approved standard. This is part of government efforts in ensuring we provide qualitative education in the state,” he said.
Aliyu gave assurance that the government would address the issue of multiple taxations bothering operators of private schools. “I will relate your complains to the governor so that we can come up with a policy that will harmonise payment of taxes by private schools.”