Kogi State Commissioner for Education Science and Technology, Mr. Wemi Jones, has said that there are over 900 registered and over 1,000 unregistered private schools operating in the state.
He disclosed this when he received members of the Committee on Education, Kogi State House of Assembly, in his office on Tuesday, in Lokoja.
He added that the ministry would intensify efforts to generate quality and credible data to enable the state solicit the support of donor partners and relevant stakeholders for the delivery of quality education to Kogi people.
“The schools must operate under a conducive environment for our students to learn well.
‘’We have to realise that the government alone does not have the capacity to fund the education sector, and that is why we are trying to bring several stakeholders on board,’’ he restated.
The commissioner also said the ministry would redouble its efforts in the area of supervision, monitoring and inspection of schools to get the best out of the teachers and students, saying the state’s current rating in external examinations is not acceptable.
‘’We will enforce the tool of discipline in our schools. We need to utilise the human resources on the ground to improve education in the state and get our ratings back.
“A lot of efforts have gone into the sector, and a lot had been done by my predecessor, but there are still lots to be done for effective performance.
‘’We are also committed to standardisation in our schools and we will work assiduously to get it done. We will need the full cooperation and support of the honourable members from time to time,” he said.
Jones assured the legislators that the ministry would do the needful to ensure that private schools operate according to standard, as he solicited the support of relevant stakeholders for the delivery of quality and effective education in the state.
He thanked the governor for considering him worthy of the appointment to head the education ministry, and commended members of the house for approving his appointment.
Earlier, the chairman of the committee, Hon. Olushola Kilani, who led the team, had said they were in the ministry on familiarisation tour as part of their oversight function.
Kilani called the attention of the commissioner to the need to improve security in the state’s higher institutions, and the need to curtail the proliferation of substandard private schools across the state.
He assured the commissioner that the assembly would support the ministry in its effort to improve the status of education in the state.