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.
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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
"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.