Prof Uche Eze the Enugu State Commissioner for Education,has insisted that government will not reopen over 100 private schools it closed down late last year until the schools secure approval of the ministry.
However the chairman National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools, NAPPS, Enugu chapter has pleaded with the state Ministry to reverse its a decision in the interest of affected pupils and students whom the closure have affected negatively.
NAPPS also pleaded with the government to relax some of the criteria for approval of schools operation, particularly on the rule for playing grounds, which the group said is stringent for private schools located in the urban cities. NAPPS chairman in Enugu state, Mr Ike Ugwu made the appeal when he led a delegation of his members to the commissioner for Education on Monday.
The commissioner, Eze, however, told the NAPPS that academic excellence was not the only priority for education, noting that social and psychological development of children were equally important in education.
He retreated that August 31, 2020, remains the deadline for other schools seeking approval of the ministry, to meet Minimum standard or have the schools shut down. Eze further disclosed that the Ministry had sacked 40 principals of public secondary schools whose schools have been indicted for exam malpractices.