In an effort to raise the standard of education in the state, Kogi State Government has warned that it would penalize any private tertiary school that flouted the laid down education guidelines in the state.
The State’s Commissioner for Education, Science, and Technology, Wemi Jones, issued the warning Wednesday, November 24 in his office at Lokoja during a courtesy visit by management of Gloryland Polytechnic.
The National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) recently accredited six academic courses for the private institution.
Hon. Wemi said Kogi Government is doing everything to standardize education in state and would not allow the system to decay.
He stressed that substandard private schools had bastardized education in the state.
“Owners of private educational institutions especially the tertiary institutions are advised to follow the footstep of Gloryland polytechnic, Anpka, who had heeded the call of the government.
“The school had gone ahead to do the needful by ensuring that National Board for Technical Education, gave full recognition and accreditation to their programs.
“The same way I called Gloryland to my office and advised them was the same way I invited several other operators of all private tertiary institutions in the state.
“The Gloryland took it as a call to duty, and in less than three years of my meeting with them, they have done the needful and now have all the necessary approvals.”
The commissioner revealed that the deadline given to those other private tertiary institutions would soon expire.
Wemi noted that the ministry would soon call them to see the level of development the institutions have been able to accomplish.
He, however, maintained that the Ministry would only consider those that are making continuous progress.
The commissioner warned that any private schools failed to adhere government’s directives would be dealt with.