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Abia returns 100 schools to churches

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Abia returns 100 schools to churches

A total number of 100 primary schools have been handed back to their original owners by the Abia State Government. The handover, said to be the first phase of the programme, the government said, is to enhance qualitative education.

A breakdown shows that of the number, the Catholic Church has 25 schools, Anglican Church 26, Methodist Church 16 and United Evangelical Church(formerly Qua Iboe Church), 12 schools.

The Seventh Day Adventist Church has 8 schools, Presbyterian Church 6, Assemblies of God Church 4 schools and Apostolic Church 2.

Handing over the schools at the Michael Okpara Auditorium, the state governor, Theodore Orji, commended his administration for being bold to return the schools to their original owners after more than four decades.

He stated that his administration, in pursuit of equity, justice and fairness, started the process of returning secondary schools, pointing out that there has been a remarkable impact made on secondary schools already returned to their owners.

Governor Orji stated that the education system is better off with the new policy in achieving a high quality of education in Abia State.

He said that government considers education of youths the prerequisite for peace, security and economic development of the state and pledged to partner the stakeholders in providing the enabling environment and sound educational policies and infrastructure that advance quality education.

The governor observed that religious bodies and private agencies were expected to help in improving the performance of students and pupils as evident in recent results released by the national examinations in favour of Abia students and pupils as well as public competitions.

Earlier, the Commissioner for Education, Dr. Monica Philips, who said the return of the primary schools will further reposition the education sector, added that the handover would be executed in phases. She said the aim is to mould the character of pupils to become useful citizens.

She urged the beneficiaries to liaise with the Ministry of Education to keep abreast with the global challenges in the sector.

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