ENUGU—Enugu State government, yesterday, ordered the closure of 48 private schools in Awgu Local Government Area for allegedly operating below standard and without approval.

State Commissioner for Education, Dr. Simon Ortuanya, who announ- ced the closure of the schools during an inspection tour of private and public schools, lamented that  the affected schools were not conducive for learning.

Ortuanya directed proprietors of the shut schools to immediately stop their operations or face the wrath of the government, saying the government could not fold its arms and allow unscrupulous elements to sabotage ongoing efforts to raise the standard of education.

Also speaking during the tour, Mrs. Sylvia Onwubuemeli, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, said routine inspection tour of schools was part of efforts to ensure that the schools operated according to  the standard set by the government.

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