WORRIED by the recent spate of building collapse across the country, especially the one on Lagos Island, that involved school children, where scores of them lost their lives, Governor Okezie Ikpeazu made out last week to visit some schools in the state on an oversight tour.
The visit, SEV learned was for overall assessment of the schools in terms the structure, environment, academic standard, among other qualities, and warned that the Government would clamp down on substandard schools in the State.
Ikpeazu insisted that all the schools in the must meet minimum standards. In particular, warned that schools cannot be allowed to run on flats in the State. He said his government is very serious about the quality of schools and their out puts.
SEV observed that many private schools operate from flats in both Umuahia and Aba and in smaller towns, the environment is worse with thousands of children clamped in small rooms, Ikpeazu also directed private school proprietors to ensure that school their buildings must be solidly constructed with sporting facilities.
He has therefore directed the Ministry of Education to collaborate with Ministries of Science, Land/Planning to ensure that all school buildings in the state have strong foundations and are safe for school children.
According to the Governor, any school that is not good enough for his child cannot be good for others that is why, he said his administration has built four model schools with solar powered e libraries, laboratories, staff quarters, with the aim to create a semblance of an academic environment in the schools.
On security around public and private schools in the state, the governor directed security agencies to ensure the protection of all public schools in order to avoid miscreants using the facilities as hideouts and places for their nefarious activities.
He also hinted that the Government would explore the possibility of deploying operatives of the State vigilante group to be permanently stationed in the schools.