The Deputy Governor of Lagos State Dr. Idiat Adebule, has on Tuesday directed owners of private schools in the state to register with the state’s Ministry of Education within two weeks or face sanction.
Dr. Adebule, who gave the two-week ultimatum while briefing newsmen in Lagos, said the registration was aimed at opening a data base for private schools in the state and ensure adequate monitoring of their operations.
“Improved education is one of the main focus of the Governor Akinwunmi Ambode-led administration and we cannot plan properly for private schools without data.
“We recognise the role of the private schools, they are partners of the government as they help provide access to education for our children in the state.
“But as a government, we need to know how many of these private schools are operating in the state and how many students are under their care so we can monitor their activities and plan properly for them.
“The Ministry of Education has been on this issue for a while and we are opening another window of opportunity. They have two weeks to register or face sanction.”
Adebule said a Registration Desk had been established in the six Education Districts and registration would commence on July 27 and end on August 10.
She however, noted that the registration was for both approved and unapproved private schools.
Adebule also added that the Ambode-led administration was committed to upgrade the education system in the state as he had approved the recruitment of 1,000 teachers who would resume by next session to tackle the problem of lack of teachers in the state’s public schools.
“The Governor has also approved funds for the massive renovation and construction of new schools in the state to expand access to education and enable students learn under the best learning atmosphere,” she said.
The state recently announced its first digital library will soon be inaugurated. According to the Director of the State Library Board, Mr. Tajudeen Lawal, the project would provide unlimited access to knowledge for all, through the collection and collation of digital content.