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Lagos council to tackle substandard private schools

09 December 2015, 20:04

Lagos - Mr Jangbo Olalekan, the Education Secretary of Ifako-Ijaye Local Government Area of Lagos State, on Wednesday said that the council was planning to stop the proliferation of substandard schools in the area.

Olalekan told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the number of substandard schools springing up daily in the area had become a source of worry which the council planned to tackle headlong.

He said that most owners of private schools were not educationists but were only interested in running the schools as a profit-making business without regards for standard.

Olalekan said that the council would partner the state government to ensure that only qualified teachers or educationists were allowed to own and run private schools in the council.

Also read: Worrisome state of private primary schools in Kwara

He advised owners of deficient private schools to upgrade their qualification in line with the state’s requirement in order to provide quality education for children in the council.

According to him, adequate time will be given to school owners to upgrade their status to get the required approvals before the necessary sanctions will be met on erring school owners.

He said that the council would after the period of grace, which would be decided by the state government, grant approvals to schools that meet the standard.

"We want to ensure that only trained teachers handle schools and that will be the measure we will use to slash the number of mushroom schools.

"If you are establishing a school, you must be a professional teacher or have the required qualification before we grant you an approval," he said.

Olalekan also said that more classrooms were being constructed across the council to address the problem of overcrowding of pupils in classes in public schools.

He added that the state government also was planning to recruit 1,300 teachers to address shortage of teachers in public primary schools in the council. 




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