The Imo State House of Assembly led by Rt Hon Chiji Collins has set up a committee to investigate the licensed private schools in the state.
This followed a motion moved at the floor of Assembly Member representing Owerri North.
Yesterday at the floor of the 9th Imo state house of Assembly, the member representing the good people of Owerri North state constituency and the deputy minority leader of the house, Hon Phillip Ejiogu moved a motion to investigate the licensed private schools in Imo State.
According to the motion, indigenes of Imo state have continued to invest in the building and running of the pre-primary, nursery, primary and secondary schools with the objective of bringing education nearer to the people as well as returns on investment. It was further stated that most of these schools obtained their license from the controlling authorities without the basic requirement for their operations, calling to question the services these schools intended to render the people. While defending his motion at the floor of the house, the seasoned legislator, said that the most disturbing situation is where some of the schools exploit the opportunities granted them to promote miracle teaching, learning, examinations, as well changing exorbitant fees to facilitate the success of their students in an examination that they did not prepare the students for.
It was also the concern of the house that, the licensing authority in the ministry of education is aware of the inadequacies of these schools and appear to be nonchalant about it.
Finally, it was resolved by the honorable house that all the private schools in the state that were granted license to operate within the state but didn’t meet up the required private school standards, should be revoked by the governor of Imo state senator Hope Uzodinma. The house also resolved to investigate the body in the state that issued these licenses with a view to determining whether they are in conformity with minimum requirements for the approval to run a standard private school.