Kaduna - The Kaduna State Government on Tuesday closed 457 private schools for operating without registration and having poor infrastructure.
The Commissioner for Education, Muhammad Usman, made the announcement when he briefed newsmen in Kaduna.
Usman said that in spite of repeated warnings and advice, the owners of the affected schools had refused to comply with guidelines put in place to operate the schools.
He said the government had no choice than to close the schools until their owners complied with due process of registration.
"We have 1 575 private schools that are operating and partnering with the State Government. And we have about 642 that are operating without registration, illegally and with poor infrastructure.
"We are closing down 457 of such schools and 331 are within Kaduna zone, 83 from Zaria and its environs, while 43 schools in the Kafanchan axis are also affected.
"The law states that for you to operate as a private school, you are required to follow certain processes of getting your schools registered with the Private School Management Board.
“This is to ensure that the State Government monitors to see what you are doing within the confines of the law.''
According to him, 185 schools out of the 642 schools are still being verified for either closure or to be allowed to operate.
He expressed concern over the operations of some private schools, which he said, had contributed immensely to poor education standards in the state.
Usman said that some of the schools were operating under poor structures such as uncompleted buildings, garages and shops, adding that the affected schools had been notified.