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Rivers State governor, Nyesom Wike, said his administration shut no fewer than 1,886 schools because they were operating without government’s approval.

Wike spoke when the management staff of Jesuit Memorial College, Mbodo-Aluu, paid him a courtesy visit.

He said the schools were shut for failing to meet specified standards of the state Ministry of education.

He added that parents patronizing the affected schools had been told to relocate their wards before the next academic session began.

“Government will fully implement measures aimed at strengthening the state education sector by September.

“We want to maintain standards that will uplift education in the state,” Wike said.

Wike also explained that his administration was committed to transforming the state and empowering its people through an enhanced education sector.

He condemned examination malpractice associated with some illegal schools operating as West African Examination Council (WAEC) centres in some remote parts of the state.

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