The Rivers Government has shut down no fewer than 1,886 schools operating without government’s approval, Gov. Nyesom Wike said in Port Harcourt on Tuesday.
Nyesom Wike disclosed this when the management staff of Jesuit Memorial College, Mbodo-Aluu, paid him a courtesy visit.
According to him, the government will fully implement measures aimed at strengthening the state education sector by September.
“We want to maintain standards that will uplift education in the state,” Wike said.
He condemned examination malpractice associated with some illegal schools operating as West African Examination Council (WAEC) centres in some remote parts of the state.
Earlier, the Principal of the school, Rev. Emeka Asogwa, explained that the school was established in memory of the 60 students of Jesuit Memorial College, Abuja, who died in the air crash.
He also thanked the state government for partnering the school in infrastructural development.
Emeka appealed to the governor to assist the school to get the Certificate of Occupancy for the 21 hectare of land allocated to it by the state government.