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Kwara assures parents on schools hand over

Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed said prior to the handing over of the schools, government would set up assets and liability committee towards ensuring a seamless transition.There…

Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed said prior to the handing over of the schools, government would set up assets and liability committee towards ensuring a seamless transition.
There has been controversy in the state over some missionary schools being supported by government with  Christians protesting that it should hands off from running of the schools.
Reacting to the protest, the governor said government will hand over the schools after repeal of the 2006 Education Bill, which is currently before the House of Assembly.
Speaking yesterday, Ahmed said the issue had no religious colouration contrary to insinuations.
He said the schools involved are owned by faith-based organisations, communities and individuals, noting that proprietors who want to take back their schools would have them.
This, he however added, would be done in such a way that it would not disrupt the students’ education.
“Like I have said, the biggest stakeholders in this business of education are the pupils and the children. So they must take cognizance of that in taking decisions or implementing the educational law either the current or the future. In other words, state governments intend to take over the schools that it is spending its money on 100 per cent. However where the proprietors do not want their schools to be taken over by government, they can indicate and government would create an assets and liability sharing committee that would ensure that it would not be harmful to government, not harmful to the proprietors and not harmful to pupils and students,” he said.

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