FCTA threatens to shut down sub-standard private schools

The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Administration, on Wednesday, threatened to shut down sub-standard private primary schools in the territory.

It warned proprietors of such schools to upgrade their facilities or face the risk of closing down such schools.

The director, Department of Quality Assurance of FCT Education Secretariat, Ayuba Didam, gave the warning after an unscheduled tour of some of the sub-standard schools at Bwari Area Council.

Some of the schools visited included, Divinely Favoured International School, Powerline, Zone 3, Dutse, Alhaji Dignity Nursery and Primary School, Kago Bwari and the People’s Choice Basic School, Bwari.

Speaking at the end of the tour, Didam said that his department could not see anything as per development in psychomotor and affective domains of pupils in the schools visited.

“Development of cognitive, affective and psychomotor domains of children can’t be done in the schools we visited because of the tight environment. The children were like boxed in, their perception and understanding were so tied down in one particular place,” he said.

According to him, “The idea behind what we are doing is to sensitise the schools and make them to realise that what they are doing in operating these things should not be tolerated and after that, there are other things that we are going to put in place.

“As government, we are insisting that schools must upgrade,  meet standards, that is our mandate. And for those who have tried to chase around for several years and they have made no difference,we have no option than to shut them down

“We are working in close collaboration with  the National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools in fighting this battle and I believe when we make announcements in the media, people will now see the needfulness of what we are doing.