By Akomolafe Olumide, Ekiti
There is no doubt that the contributions of private schools to the growth and development of the education system in Ekiti state cannot be quantified.
In fact, many of the private schools have done Ekiti proud in external examinations and competitions.
However, to sustain this laudable contributions, it is important for the state government to beam it’s search light on the operations of some of the private schools particularly in the remote areas of the state.
This is because the activities of the concern schools fall short of the minimum requirements in the areas of environment, personnel, facilities and monitoring which may likely ruined the hard earned standard if not urgently checked.
The pictures obtainable was disheartening and absurd thus posing a question mark on the integrity and commitment of government officials particularly in the ministries of education and environment.
The operations of these private schools in question which sometimes are tagged “international” are not only detrimental to the future of the pupils and students but also dangerous to their health.
How can one describe a school in an uncompleted two bedroom building, with no door, window let alone ceiling as well as some others in an unhealthy environment where open dedication is the order of the day.
The floor of Some of these schools are also not cemented thereby exposing innocent children to dust which is dangerous to their health.
Statistics gathered from the Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital recently showed that one out of ten children are treated of cough and early stage of asthma on daily basis and which is as a result of their exposure to dust.
Reacting, some stakeholders in Ekiti, described the situation as a mockery of education wondering why an internationally acclaimed school would be placed in an uncompleted rented apartment.
The people called on government and the executives of private schools in the state to take action and ensure that schools meet up with required standard adding that education should not be seen as business venture.
However, the commissioner for education in Ekiti state Mr Folusho Daramola said the case would be investigated noting that the present government was passionate about education and would not toy with whatever would jeopardize the dream