LEGISREPORTS NG – Piqued by the proliferation of private educational institutions in Taraba State, members of the State House of Assembly have unanimously passed into law a bill seeking for the regulation of private institutions of learning.
The bill which was collectively supported by the twenty-four members of the assembly will henceforth checkmate the indiscriminate activities of private education institutions in the state.
Motion for the bill to be given accelerated third reading in the assembly chamber was moved by the majority leader, Hon. Joseph Albasu Kunini and seconded by the deputy majority leader, Hon. Josiah Sabo Kente.
The legislation entitled, “A Bill for a law to make provision for the registration and regulation of private educational institutions in the state and for other purposes connected therewith” seeks to prevent persons with questionable characters from establishing schools in the state.
A provision of the bill stipulates that for any person to be qualified for approval to become a proprietor or manager of a private institution in the state, such a person “must show to the ministry (of education) that he or she has acquired qualification and experience in a field relating to the supervision and management of an educational institution of the cadre in which he is applying.”
Institutions being referred to by the new law are nursery, primary and secondary schools. Others include commercial college, vocational training centres, technical institute, special needs schools and training colleges.
The bill states that any person who contravenes any of the provisions of the law “shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction to a fine of 50,000.00 or to imprisonment for six months, without prejudice to any other proceedings which may be taken against him under this law.”
The bill must be assented to by the acting governor of the state for it to become law.
This report was prepared by our reporter in Jalingo