FCTA To Shut Private Schools Over Quality Assurance Non-compliance
By Hudu Yakubu, Abuja
Private schools operating in the nation’s capital will have to comply with the ongoing revalidation process by the Education Secretariat of the Federal Capital Territory Administration, or risk being shut down.
The FCT Permanent Secretary, Mr Olusade Adesola, sounded the warning at a meeting to address the low compliance by private schools in the FCT.
Adesola, who expressed his displeasure over the slow pace of compliance to the revalidation/registration and data capturing exercise of the Department of Quality Assurance, added that the FCT revenue drive by Departments, Boards and Agencies will not be compromised.
Already, he said the MDA’s involved have been given marching orders to ensure due diligence in the process of their statutory duties and responsibilities.
He reiterated the Administration’s resolve in enforcing compliance while frowning at the nonchalant attitude of defaulters.
Adesola explained that the process of revalidation/registration and data capturing is part of the requirements for operating schools in FCT.
He cautioned schools who are in the act of obstructing officials of the FCT Administration from accessing their schools for the routine inspection to desist forthwith or face the full wrath of the law.
While highlighting the various stages, procedures and approval of the process, he mandated that all statutory laws and regulations pertaining to management of schools in the FCT be fully complied with.
He said the non-compliance to the guidelines and non-payment of the approved annual/accreditation charges by some private school owners could greatly impair the smooth operations of the education Sector.
The Permanent Secretary however announced the extension of the revalidation, registration and data capturing exercise to 31st of December 2022, to allow for the successful completion of the process.