In Lagos Government orders 64 private schools to close down or relocate

Affected schools are operating in either swampy or flooded areas or in a dirty and poorly ventilated structure.

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A private school without name or conducive environment for learning in Ijegun area of Lagos State. play

A private school without name or conducive environment for learning in Ijegun area of Lagos State.

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Lagos state government has reportedly ordered 64 private schools in the state to close down operation or relocate because their environment is not conducive enough for teaching and learning.

The order was disclosed by the Director General of the Office of Education Quality Assurance in the state's Ministry of Education, Mrs Ronke Soyombo at the workshop organised by League of Muslim School Proprietors (LEAMSP) in Ikeja.

The affected schools according to Soyombo are operating in either swampy or flooded areas or in a dirty and poorly ventilated structure that is completely unsafe for human beings.

Lagos state governor, Akinwunmi Ambode play

Lagos state governor, Akinwunmi Ambode

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"We discovered that owners of those schools are only interested in money making and not about the safety of their students and workers. So the state has served them letters and asked them to close down their schools or relocate to safe and conducive locations. By allowing them to continue operating in those locations will do no good but harm to students who are our future."

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While some school owners complied with the directive, some others kicked against the order as they drag the government to court to seek reversal of the order.

Soyombo, however, said the would not be deterred by the action of the school owners that are seeking reversal of the order. She maintained that the state government will not shy away from making all educational institutions both public and private from doing the right thing.

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