At least 2,424 schools have been shut in Benue State.

The schools were closed on Tuesday after they failed to meet the necessary requirements which include hygienic environment, play-ground and standard classrooms.

The State Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Professor Dennis Ityavyar, said this at a meeting with parents, teachers and school owners.

He gave the breakdown of schools to include: 1,977 primary, 433 secondary schools and 14 tertiary institutions cut across the three senatorial districts of the state.

He said the proliferation of schools is responsible for poor performances of students in both external and internal examinations.

He said, “The decision to embark on the closure of illegal schools across the 23 local governments of the state is a deliberate step towards improving the standards of quality education in the state.”

The commissioner warned the managers of the affected schools to adhere to the closure order until specified criteria are met, adding that whoever floats the order will face prosecution.