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Two-Thirds Of Private Schools In Lagos Illegal – Govt

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Posted: Sep 21, 2016 at 8:08 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

Seyi Taiwo-Oguntuase

Lagos – Lagos State government has revealed that about two-thirds of private schools operating in the state were without government approval.

Dr. Oluranti Adebule, the state’s Deputy Governor, stated this at the Third Quarter Stakeholders’ Forum with the theme, “Entrenching Best Practices,” held at the Adeyemi Bero Auditorium, Alausa.

She said that starting from the next academic session government would not allow any school to operate in the state without approval.

She said that government was not comfortable with the discovery that over 15,000 private schools were operating in the state but only 4,556 were approved and registered.

“In essence, about two-thirds of private schools are operating illegally in the state,” she stated.

She added that government’s attempt to capture all schools irrespective of their approval status was frustrated as most unregistered schools failed to take advantage of the opportunity and easier procedure put in place by the Ministry of Education.

The deputy governor said that the government was neither deterred not frustrated, rather it would in the course of time engage with the various associations on the way forward.

Adebule, while congratulating proprietors of 119 schools who received their letters of approval at the event recalled that 114 private schools got their provisional approval letters in April.

Speaking further she noted that as enabler and regulator, government had reviewed and streamlined the school registration processes by ensuring that registration was time bound and the procedure and processes for the establishment of private schools are transparent.

She explained that the stakeholders’ forum was called to further demonstrate avowed commitment to continuously evolve inclusive education sector development strategies for Lagos State.

She thereby called on private schools proprietors to join hands with the state to consolidate energies, integrate their thought and work as a team if the state must become the model of excellence in education delivery not only in Nigeria but also in Africa.

The deputy governor who also used the forum to flag off the school census for private schools noted that the Lagos State government as a responsible facilitator seeks to ensure that all children have access to high quality learning environment.

She added that the state government was committed to effective regulatory policies to make quality education possible and sustainable.

“Part of the tools required to perform our task as a regulator is accurate and precise data which the proposed school census was intended to provide for the education sector,” she added, and called for support and cooperation of the proprietors in ensuring the success of the exercise.