The Cross River State House of Assembly has set up a committee to look into the structure of private primary schools functioning in the State, with Hon. Hillary Bisong as chairman.
Speaker of the Assembly , Rt. Hon. John Gaul Lebo said although there is a bill in the making towards the regulation of private schools in the House it was proper to set up the special House committee to look into the operational standards and functionality of private primary schools in the State.
Earlier, the leader of the House, Rt. Hon. Moses Ushie Ucheche, member representing Obanliku State Constituency notified the House on a matter of urgent public interest concerning private primary schools over what he referred to as unethical activities in private primary schools in the State.
He pointed out that the Ministry of Education cannot provide basic records of the total number of private primary schools in the State and also that most students are subjected to menial work/labour on private farm lands owned by teachers and principals describing the arts as abnormal and unethical.
Ucheche mention that the fees charged in private primary schools are unreasonable and exorbitant and that no accurate information on fee charges can be got from some schools.
Other members of the House who made their views known on the matter of public interest, averred that the poor qualifications of teachers in both private and public primary schools have contributed to the low level of educational standards in the State.