Bill to provide legal backing for establishment of schools passes second reading in Imo



A Bill for a Law to provide guidelines and legal backing for establishment, quality assurance, protection of schools infrastructure in Imo private and public schools has passed second reading at the Imo Assembly on Tuesday.

The Bill consisting of 15 subsections and 19 paragraphs was sponsored by Mr Dominic Ezerioha (APC Oru West).

While presenting the Bill, Ezerioha said that there was a need to ensure that specific standards were met before schools could be established and measures taken to ensure quality standards.

He said the bill also provided for the protection of infrastructure of private and public schools in the state.

Supporting the bill, Mr Okey Onyekamma (PDP Mbaitoli) said it was detailed in outlining required control measures to ensure that standard of education in the state remained high.

Onyekamma explained that it would help in ensuring qualified teachers were employed as well as guaranteed that children were taught in conducive environments.

In her submission, Mrs Uju Onwudiwe (APC Njaba) noted that there were poor supervisory efforts in ensuring that good quality of education was provided in schools in the state.

She said the bill would help to curb the problems of unqualified teachers, inadequate educational materials and poor compensation of teachers especially in private schools.

Following votes in favour of the Bill, the Speaker Mr Paul Emeziem (APC Onuimo) committed it to the House committees on Education and Public Safety and Security. (NAN)