Kano state government has on Monday announced it is revoking the license of all private schools in the state following the murder of a 5-year-old girl, Hanifa Abubakar, by her school proprietor.
The development was announced by the Commissioner of Education, Muhammad Sanusi-Kiru, during a press briefing on Monday.
According to Sanusi-Kiru, “The decision was as a result of ugly and disturbing incident recorded in the state of recent and all perpetrated by the private school proprietors. We have issue of raping and kidnapping all coming from private schools in Kano.
“We received complaints of a private school proprietor who rape his students and he confessed to the crime.
“Recently, we record another disturbing case of this proprietor, Abdulmalik Tanko who kidnapped, killed and buried his student, late Hanifa Abubakar.
“We have established Zonal offices for private and voluntary schools across Kano State and we have received so many disturbing reports, emergence of so many mushroom private schools without registration.
“All these put together informed government decision because we can not sit and fold our arms while all these continue. We can not condone these happening in Kano State.
“We will review and revalidate their operational licence. We will shut down those school who didn’t scale through the exercise.
“The ministry of education will set a criteria for their revalidation. A panel has been set-up comprising of the ministry of Justice, Department of State Service, (DSS), Civil Defense and other security agencies to look into the revalidation of all private schools in Kano State,” he stated.
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