The Lagos State Government Wednesday disclosed that no fewer than 10,427 private schools were operating in different parts of the state without approval, warning that it would shut them if they failed to comply.
According to the state government, only 4,573 out of the 15,000 private schools currently operating in the state, have complied with the state’s school standard practice and other stipulated regulations.
The Deputy Governor, Dr. Oluranti Adebule, disclosed this at a meeting with the Deputy Head of Regional Operations, Department for International Development (DFID), Mr. Ben Nicholson, in her office at Alausa, on Wednesday.
Dr. Adebule, stressed the state’s commitment to the ongoing enumeration and registration of all private schools operating in the state, saying the exercise became imperative to standardise the operation of private schools.
She further explained that the purpose of enumerating and registering all private schools was to ensure that they have government approvals and comply with the stipulated regulations and standards.
Apart from ensuring that schools have government approvals and comply with the stipulated regulations and standards, she added that the exercise is also aimed at ensuring that all pupils have equal access to quality education irrespective of whether they attend private or public schools.
“Already, we are making efforts to get all private schools registered,” she said.
The state government had earlier issued a two-week ultimatum to private school owners in the state to register with the state’s Ministry of Education or face sanction.
At the meeting, Adebule also expressed government’s readiness to strengthen its collaboration with the DFID in its quest to improve on the quality of education in the state, acknowledging that previous collaborations with the body has brought significant improvement to the growth of quality education in the state.