Govt must enforce minimum standards in school establishment – ICPC boss

CHAIRMAN, Independent corrupt practices and Other Related Offences commission (ICPC), Mr Ekpo Nta, in Ibadan, Oyo State, on Monday, advocated enforcement of minimum standard in terms of infrastructure for the establishment of schools, so as to curb the rot in the education sector.

The chairman of the anti-graft agency was speaking during a visit to his alma mater, St Anthony catholic basic school, molete, Ibadan, where he was the senior prefect in 1964.

He urged the ministry of education and other relevant education stakeholders to ensure that schools, most especially, the privately-owned, conformed with the national policy on education.

While frowning on the level of decayed infrastructure in the education sector, the ICPC boss said it was rare about four decades ago to see pupils in private school except those with disabilities, as the government-owned schools provided the best education.

Nta said there was the need for private individuals to invest in education, as it was a project government at any level could not handle alone.

He, however, commended the management and staff of the school for its academic standard as demonstrated by the pupils and pledged his continuous support for the school.