Governor Aminu Bello Masari of Katsina State has warned proprietors of private schools in the country against using the current economic recession as an excuse to deny children of the less privileged, admission through hike in fees.
He gave the warning when he received the President of National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools (NAPPS) North West Zone, Hajiya Maryam Magaji, in Katsina.
The governor, who urged members of the association to be innovative and prudent in the management of their institutions to ensure affordable school fees, revealed that less than 20 percent of private schools in the state would have been closed down if the government applied strictly, the rules and regulations guiding them.
He, however, cautioned that the present administration would not allow some substandard schools, he described as “Room and Parlour School” to continue to operate in the state.
He also warned the private schools’ proprietors against cheating during examination in their institutions to bring to an end, the disturbing growth of “Wonder or Miracle Centres” across the country.
The governor stressed that examination malpractices had destroyed the image of the nation’s education sector and the future of many schools and the children of the elite who were the major culprits. Earlier, Hajiya Maryam Magagi, said the association was determined to build a closer cooperation between government and its members to fulfill their obligations.
She lauded the commitment of the Masari administration to all sectors of the economy and the giant strides it had recorded in the education sector.