By Anastasia Mbabie and Handel Patrick (Staff Reporter)
Anambra State government has revealed that about 1,075 unapproved primary and secondary schools in the state would be shut down.
The notice which listed all the 1,075 schools and their locations was posted on the website of the Anambra State ministry of education on Thursday.
The notice read: “The list of unapproved schools in Anambra State has been made public by the Ministry of Education. The under-listed schools are not authorized to function in the State and are, as a result, now declared to be public information.
“By doing this, pupils and students in these schools run the risk of being barred from participating in any State or federal exams, including the Transition Placement Exams, First School Leaving Examination Exams, Basic Education Certificate Exams (BECE), Senior School Certificate Exams (WAEC/NECO), etc.
“Owners of such schools are advised, for their own benefit, to register their establishments and adhere to the procedures for school inspection.”
Parents were advised to immediately withdraw their children from the schools and make alternative plans to enroll them in state-approved schools.
Though the notice was unsigned, when contacted by the commissioner for education, Prof Ngozi Chuma-Udeh, she stated that the notice was from her ministry, saying it has just been uploaded to the website by the information unit of the ministry.