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Recession: Masari Warns Against School Fees Hike


Governor Aminu Bello Masari of Katsina State has warned proprietors
of private schools in the country against using the current economic
recession as an excuse to deny children of the less privileged,
admission through hike in fees.
He gave the warning when he
received the President of National Association of Proprietors of Private
Schools (NAPPS) North West Zone, Hajiya Maryam Magaji, in Katsina.
The
governor, who urged members of the association to be innovative and
prudent in the management of their institutions to ensure affordable
school fees, revealed that less than 20 percent of private schools in
the state would have been closed down if the government applied
strictly, the rules and regulations guiding them.

He,
however, cautioned that the present administration would not allow some
substandard schools, he described as “Room and Parlour School” to
continue to operate in the state.
He also warned the private
schools’ proprietors against cheating during examination in their
institutions to bring to an end, the disturbing growth of “Wonder or
Miracle Centres” across the country.
The governor stressed that
examination malpractices had destroyed the image of the nation’s
education sector and the future of many schools and the children of the
elite who were the major culprits. Earlier, Hajiya Maryam Magagi, said
the association was determined to build a closer cooperation between
government and its members to fulfill their obligations.
She
lauded the commitment of the Masari administration to all sectors of the
economy and the giant strides it had recorded in the education sector.

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