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Govt/private sector collaboration will develop education says Adebule

24 November 2015, 22:01

Lagos - The Lagos State Deputy Governor, Dr Idiat Adebule, on Tuesday said that the government was ready to work with the private sector as partners in progress to develop education in the state.

Adebule said this when a delegation of the Developing Effective Private Education Nigeria (DEEPEN) paid her a courtesy visit in Ikeja.

DEEPEN is a programme sponsored by the United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID) to support improved learning outcomes for almost 1.5 million girls and boys in Lagos.

Adebule said that the government was ready to work with the private sector to bridge the gap between public and private schools in the state.

According to her, the government is ready to partner with the private sector in the areas of rating of schools, data gathering and training.

"There have been many private organisations and groups who invested a lot of money, but they do not have the passion to drive the needed goal to improve the education sector.

"This is why the problems in the sector have been recurring, even when the state government has been doing a lot to transform the education sector. Therefore, we want to be cautious.

"We will critically study and analyse the research and proposal of DEEPEN to ensure that it is geared toward the goal of the State Government, which is to ensure access to quality education for all, " she said.

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Earlier, the leader of the delegation Ms Alessandra Lustrati, Private Sector Development Adviser of DFID, said they were ready to support the government to ensure affordable, yet quality education in the State.

According to her, education, which is the bedrock of national development, should be regarded as key to the achievement of the much touted Lagos mega-city project.

In his presentation, Mr Gboyega Ilusanya, the Team Leader of DEEPEN, said that many approved and unapproved private schools, which many low-income parents patronise, were being neglected by the government.

According to him, neglecting these private schools without support and control is at the peril of the state.

Ilusanya said that the schools had remained poor, according to the research, because of unfriendly recognition systems by government, lack of data, heavy taxation, inaccessible and low credibility and poor access to financial services.

"There are many problems to be looked into and DEEPEN has carried out it research, analysed and come up with recommendations to tackle these problems.

"We want to lend technical assistance or consult for the government to improve the quality of education in private schools, especially those serving children from low-income households,'' Ilusanya said.



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