By: Wisdom Acka
The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has issued accreditation certificates to eighty five additional public and private schools to provide educational services in the FCT
Permanent Secretary, FCTA, Olusade Adesola made this disclosure, while speaking during presentation of the certificates to the schools on Tuesday in his office, Area 11, Garki, Abuja.
He commended owners of private schools for their support towards the development of the education sector in the Territory, and assured them that FCT Administration would continue to provide the enabling environment for them to operate and add value to the education system.
Represented by the Director, FCTA Department of Human Resource Management, Dr. Muhammad Bashir, the Permanent Secretary called on them to operate strictly within the confines of the law as the Administration would not hesitate to sanction any erring school administrator.
Corroborating the Permanent Secretary Secretary, the Secretary, Education Secretariat, FCTA, Sani Dahiru El-Katuzu, tasked them to be law abiding and aspire for excellence in service delivery.
El-Katuzu said: “The use of these evaluators from a wide range of educational organizations is to ensure the credibility and transparency of the exercise and to adhere strictly to the required minimum standards.
“A total of 97 schools were assessed in the 16th batch accreditation, comprising of 10 public schools and 89 private schools. Out of the 97 schools, a total of 85 schools measured up to the required standards and are those whose certificates we are officially presenting today. 12 schools got provisional approval and none of the schools was denied accreditation,” he said.
“The Secretariat wishes to appreciate the complimentary role the private schools are playing in moving education to greater heights in the FCT and Nigeria at large,” he added.
The Secretary said, “I use this opportunity to encourage all members of NAPPS to encourage one another to ensure that more schools are presented for the exercise as accreditation certificate is the equivalent of operating license for schools in the FCT and the nation at large”.
He also expressed the determination of the Administration in simplifying accreditation process; adding it would hencforth be done quarterly.
Earlier, Director, Department of Quality Assurance, FCT Education Secretariat, Magdalene Uzoanya warned that her Department would be using stick and carrot approach in their punishment and reward system.
“Let me remind the Proprietors of the need for prompt payment of annual and other charges as the Department will soon commence school closure in the FCT.
“It is my fervent hope that schools comply with our earlier directive of the need for learners to complete primary six/basic six to avoid turning out under-aged students that can be easily negatively influenced. The above order is mandatory please, as defaulting schools will be sanctioned”. She warned.