The Delta State Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education,Chief Patrick Ukah has assured Proprietor’s of Private Schools in the state that the ministry would continue to provide a level playing field for teaching and learning to thrive in their schools.
The Commissioner gave this assurance when he played host to the executive of the National Association of Proprietor’s of Private Schools (NAPPS)Delta State Wing in his office.
Chief Ukah said his ministry would continue to partner with the Association because as private school owners they play a major role in the development of the education sector in the state which has helped to reduce the number of out of school children in the state.
He admonished them to ensure that they follow the established guidelines as spelt out by the ministry in the registration of their schools so as not to run foul of the rules establishing private schools in the state, while stating that if this is done they would be bold enough to face anyone who comes to collect illegal levies from them.
The Commissioner said the ministry had zero tolerance for illegal fees collection in any form and cautioned that anyone found wanting would be disciplined, while urging private school owners to report such cases to his office with proofs.
He also enjoined the state wing of NAPPS to key into the policy of bringing back extra curricular activities in their respective schools as this would help their students to be positively engaged and reduce social vices in their schools.
Earlier in his address,the Chairman of the State Wing of NAPPS,Mr Monday Ifoghere said the courtesy visit on the commissioner was to felicitate with him on his appointment and also to share ideas with him on ways they can contribute their quota in developing the education sector of the state.