An unspecified number of private schools in the Federal Capital Territory have been criticised for not complying with the ongoing revalidation/registration and data capturing of the Department of Quality Assurance of the Education Secretariat exercise.
To this end, the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has said it would not hesitate to shut down any such institution that fails to comply with the exercise.
The FCT Permanent Secretary, Mr Olusade Adesola made the threat during a meeting to address the private schools’ low compliance on Thursday in Abuja.
The Permanent Secretary, who expressed his displeasure over the slow pace of compliance, noted that the FCT revenue drive by Departments, Boards and Agencies will not be compromised.
He said the MDAs involved had been given a marching order to ensure due diligence in the process of their statutory duties and responsibilities.
He, however, reiterated the Administration’s resolve to enforce compliance, frowning at the nonchalant attitude of defaulters while they keep enjoying the many quality services provided by the Administration in their various locations of operation in the territory.
Adesola explained that the process of revalidation/registration and data capturing is part of the requirements for operating schools in FCT.
He, therefore, cautioned schools’ management 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.
The Permanent Secretary, highlighting the various stages, procedures and approval in the process mandated that all statutory laws and regulations pertaining to the management of schools in the FCT must 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.
He extended the revalidation, registration and data capturing exercise to the 31st of December 2022 to allow for the successful completion of the intensive process.