Oyo State Government has called on owners of Private Schools, Study Centers and Continuing Education Centers that are operating in the state without an approval, to seek formal approval without further delay or face sanctions.
In a statement issued on Wednesday and signed by the Oyo State Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Prof Salihu Adelabu, and made available to journalists in Ibadan, described the act as illegal.
The Commissioner noted that the Ministry will no longer tolerate illegal schools, study centers or continuing education centers in Oyo state.
He also enjoined owners of concerned schools to visit the Education Ministry on the approval process between Wednesday, 4th October 2023 and Wednesday, 18th October 2023 or risk closure after the stipulated period.
The statement reads: “The Ministry has noted with dismay the unbridled proliferation of Private Schools, Study Centers and Continuing Education Centers that are operating illegally without formal approval across the State”
“Consequently, all school owners (Proprietors) are enjoined to visit the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Rooms 31, 33, 16A am 25 for enquiries on the approval process between now and Wednesday 18th October, 2023.
“Kindly be informed that operating a school, Study Centers and Continuing Education Centers without approval is an illegal act. The Ministry will no longer tolerate any illegal schools, Study Centers or Continuing Education Centers in Oyo State.
“Failure to respond to this notice will lead to immediate closure of Schools, Study Centers and Continuing Education Centers operating illegally across the State.“