Abia closes 30 illegal remedial centres

By The Citizen

The Abia Agency for Mass Literacy, Adult and Non-formal Education has closed down 30 illegal remedial centres across the state.

The Coordinator of the agency, Mr Joseph Anyanwu, told the News Agency of Nigeria on Tuesday in Umuahia that 20 of the unauthorised centres were discovered in Umuahia with 10 others in Aba.

Anyanwu said that the raid, which commenced since the beginning of February, would last till the end of the month.

He explained that no arrest was made, but that officials that carried out the exercise pasted a seal closing the buildings of the illegal operators.

'With the seal, we expect they should not reopen the centres until they clear with the agency,' he said.

He warned that those who ignore the directive and reopened their centres risked arrest and prosecution.

'If we discover that any of the closed centres was reopened without clearing with my office, the agency will be compelled to arrest both students and the operators found in such places,' he said.

Anyanwu advised parents and guardians against allowing their children patronise such centres.

NAN gathered that majority of the students who register with the illegal remedial centres, popularly called 'miracle centres', usually drop out of their formal schools when they reach Senior Secondary School three level.

It was further learnt that the operators of the centres arrange for obscured locations where the students write the West Africa Certificate Examination and National Examination Council.

Anyanwu said that proliferation of such centres in the state was robbing the state government of revenue accruing from the education sector.