Benue State government says it has started the process of handing over secondary schools in the state to their private owners, in order to improve the standard of education.
The state governor, Samuel Ortom, disclosed this yesterday while inaugurating the committee saddled with the responsibilities of ensuring a smooth transition.
Inaugurating the committee tagged: ‘implementation committee on the review of policy of grant in aid/handover of post-primary schools in the state,’ Ortom said the decision became necessary in order to curtail government’s expenditure.
Ortom said the policy, which had lingered on for several years without execution, is to allow the missionary, communities and non-governmental organisations the opportunities to invest in education.
“We have carefully reviewed the problem and our plan is to bring reforms to its logical conclusion. Handing over schools to their proprietors is a progressive policy that is sustainable and in line with international good practice,” he stated.
Ortom explained that improve and raise the standard of the 64 government-owned secondary schools.
The committee which has Most Rev. Williams Avenya of Catholic Diocese of Gboko as chairman, has five terms of reference.