Katsina - The Katsina State Universal Education Board (SUBEB) has closed down four private nursery/primary schools in the state for non-compliance with laid down rules and regulations governing their establishment.
Alhaji Suleiman Dikko, the Executive Chairman of the board, disclosed this in Katsina on Tuesday in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria.
He said that three of the schools, Usulil Talbiyatul Badiwiya, Unity Science Primary School and Tahfiz Academy, were closed down in Katsina metropolis while Maryamu Ajiri nursery/primary school was closed down in Dutsinma town.
``The closure of these schools followed the discovery that they were not complying with the stipulated guidelines for their operations.
``They were operating illegally and some of them were located in unhealthy environment, hence the decision to close them down,” he added.
The chairman, who expressed displeasure with the proliferation of illegal schools in the state, warned that with effect from the 2012 and 2013 academic session, no private nursery/primary school should operate from a temporary site.
He also directed Education Secretaries (ES) in the 34 local government areas of the state to ensure that no new private school operated from a temporary site in their respective areas.
Dikko also warned proprietors of private schools to ensure strict compliance with registration procedures to avoid embarrassment.
He also advised parents and other stakeholders to support and cooperate with the board in order to provide qualitative education for their children.
Katsina Local Government Education Authority (LGEA) closed down a private nursery/primary school in August in the Katsina metropolis for using one of its classrooms for poultry.