The Honourable Commissioner for Education, Prof. Uche Eze on March 22, 2021 met with proprietors of private schools in Enugu State to discuss issues related to non compliance of some private schools to state government policies on education. The Hon. Commissioner stressed that henceforth, all private schools in the state must comply to the Education Policies of the state as a condition for accessing the services of the state and other associated privileges.
According to the Commissioner, these policies are well thought out to ensure quality Education for our children, and any school or individual that sabotages this shall be resisted. He pointed out that:
*1.* Uniform Examination for Enugu State schools has come to stay and is compulsory for all schools.
*2.* Every unapproved school that did not take the uniform examination cannot register their students/pupil for Common Entrance, BECE, WASCE and NECO examinations.
*3.* Unapproved schools that took the uniform examination shall be allowed to register their students/pupils for Common Entrance, BECE, WASCE and NECO examinations, for the last time but by merging with an approved school that took the uniform examination.
*4.* Running an unapproved schools amount to tax evasion because such schools deny the state necessary revenue accrueable from dues they suppose to pay for services rendered by the state.
*5.* Approved schools that did not take the uniform examination shall be allowed to register their students/pupils but by merging them with other approved schools that took the uniform examination.
*6.* These concessions are only for this academic session as henceforth the uniform examination, approval and prompt payment of all appropriate dues to the state IGR account shall constitute the conditions for any school to access the State services.
*7.* All payments due to the Ministry of Education must be made into the state IGR account.
*8.* Any Association that wants to be recognised must have at least 50 registered schools as members.
*9.* There is freedom of association and so, no school is under compulsion to belong to PAPS, NAPPS, etc. Schools can decide not to belong to any association. What maters to the Ministry are:
*a.* Schools must be approved by the government.
*b.* Schools must continuously meet required standards.
*c.* Schools must regularly and promptly pay their dues.
10. New students/pupils cannot be admitted into primary six, J. S. 3 and S. S 3.
The Commissioner urged the schools to remember that schools should be run as a social service, and not as purely business.
In his speech, the Executive Chairman of Science, Technical and Vocational Schools Management Board, Dr G.O.C Ajah corroborated the Hon Commissioners views and asked the schools to ensure they see quality service delivery as a priority. He commended the schools for their contributions as valued partners of the state government in the education sector.