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Bishop chides states on mission schools

Speaking in Calabar when he announced preparations for the celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Diocese, Ekuwem said this has seriously contributed to the…

Speaking in Calabar when he announced preparations for the celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Diocese, Ekuwem said this has seriously contributed to the falling standard of education in the country.
He said the steady slide has been noticeable for three years, as only Anambra State which returned mission schools to their owners has consistently done well in examinations.
He described the government as a “robber” for seizing  catholic schools and other mission schools.
Bishop Ekuwem said one of the greatest ‘irresponsible’ decisions ever made in Nigeria was the takeover of mission schools from the original owners.
“One wonders why government should continue to hold tight to schools belonging to missionaries and that is why I often call government armed robbers who robbed my church of our schools by force. For three years running, Anambra State has been the best in the national results of WAEC examinations and this is because of the return of all Catholic schools and mission schools to their original owners. Those who have come to see reasons returned them and those who don’t see continue to languish in their ignorance. If we want to grow even in our state here, let the government recognize the singular place of good quality education,” he said.