From Tom Garba, Yola
The Ad hoc Committee on private schools of the Adamawa House of Assembly has frowned at the way some private schools operate in the state, saying they operate below acceptable standards.
Consequently, chairman of the Committee and leader of the delegation, Hon. Hassan Barguma Mamman, said many of these substandard schools would be shut down.
Mamman said: “Some private schools are just operating below standard; they have no chairs and other academics facilities are not in place. In some schools, there are no sporting facilities, no conveniences, the environment is unhygienic for pupils to be receive their lessons, no laboratories and enough qualified teachers.
“Some pupils sit on bare grounds. In some schools we only see structure in dilapidated form yet they charge very high school fees.”
Barguma, who is also the chief information officer of the Assembly, said the House would liaise with relevant ministries to ensure that the affected schools shape up or they would be shut down.