The Ebonyi North Zonal Chairman of the association, Mr Kelechi Onyoma, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abakaliki on Tuesday that private sector participation in the development of education was critical to the drive for quality and functional education.
Onyoma, who is the Proprietor of Noble Comprehensive College in Ohaukwu Local Government Area, said the association would collaborate with the ministry of education and other relevant agencies to ensure that unapproved private schools did not operate in the state.
“Our commitment as a body is to ensure that we provide and promote excellent academic environment for teaching and learning.
“We have put in place necessary measures to ensure that no proprietor compromises quality and standard in his or her school,” he said.
The zonal chairman explained that the association had put in place mechanisms to check the excesses of some of the private schools owners.
“As a private school owner and member of this great association, it is a crime to indulge in any practice likely to jeopardise academic excellence in the state.
“We have our monitoring and evaluation committee which visits all private schools from time to time to assess their records of performances.
“If any school is found to be aiding and abetting examination malpractice, especially during external examinations, such a school will be sanctioned by the association.
“A school can be closed down if there is evidence that it is involved in examination malpractice and any other examination frauds,’’ he said. (NAN)