The Osun State government said it has closed down over 600 nursery and primary schools operating without minimum standard requirements as part of an effort to sanitise the education sector in the state.
This was disclosed by the commissioner for Education, Mr. Folorunsho Bamisayemi on Wednesday in Osogbo, during an inter-ministerial news conference organised by the Ministry of Information and Civic Orientation.
He said, “We have declared war on mushroom schools, we have zero tolerance for quacks in the system and schools that do not meet the required standard.
“We know the danger of mushroom schools because once the education foundation of a child is destroyed, it becomes difficult to build a solid structure on it.”
Mr. Bamisayemi noted that it is now mandatory for a school to have a Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN) certificate, among other requirements.
“Starting from the ministry, we have reviewed our department of schools to ensure greater efficiency. We have segmented the department to supervise basic and post-basic schools.
“Anyone who wants to start a school must produce a Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria Certificate, among other requirements. We no longer grant licenses just because someone has spare funds to spend” he said.
He further noted that as part of an effort to eliminate quackery and build a vibrant education system, the state has set irreducible minimum standards, thereby giving provisional registrations to some schools that will run for a time frame of two years in order to ensure proper monitoring. He added that if after two years the standard is not met, any school found guilty will be out rightly closed.