ABUJA MARKET SHOPS CONVERTED TO SCHOOL, PROSTITUTES CAMP

Officials of the Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) yesterday discovered a ‘schools operating in a shop and another shop housing prostitutes while evacuating street traders at Nyanya market. The officials met the school in session with about 80 pupils between two and seven years old, learning in a shop measuring 4 by 4 feet without ventilation.

The owner of the school christened Wisdom Nursery School, Mrs. Alice Hogan, told journalists it had been in operation for the past 10 years. Hogan, who claimed to hold a National Certificate in Education, admitted that she had no licence to operate the school. She said she was inspired to set up the school to meet the needs of traders who brought their children to the market.

Hogan, according to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), added that it was her own little way of contributing to the education of the children. According to her, the high unemployment rate in the country frustrated her resolve to own a school.

She said: “I was looking for a place to start a school after I had looked for a paid job and could not get one. I resolved to use this shop because it belongs to my husband and what we do is just to pay revenue to the government.

“When I started the school, I made a ‘batcher’ at the back of the shop and put the children inside for teaching. “Though I have no licence to operate, I run the school so as to help the market people groom their children for primary school.” The pupils are in a noisy environment not conducive for learning.

A teacher, who manages the school with Hogan, took to her heels on sighting security personnel. While reacting to the development, a mother and civil servant, Mrs Henrietta Nwosu, appealed to the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Education authorities to, as a matter of urgency, regulate and monitor schools in the territory.

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