The Lagos State Government has concluded plans to shutdown 10,444 unregistered private schools in the state.
The disclosure was made by the Deputy Governor of the state, Dr. Oluranti Adebule, at the 3rd quarterly stakeholders’ forum of private schools owners held at the Secretariat, Alausa in Ikeja, Lagos, on Monday.
According to her, out of the 15,000 private schools operating in the state, only 4,556 were duly registered and approved.
She said: “Government is not comfortable with our discovery that over 15,000 private schools are operating in the State and only just 4,556 are approved and registered; Let me state it clearly, henceforth, Lagos State Government will no longer allow private schools that are not duly registered by the Lagos State Ministry of Education to operate in the State, their operation becomes illegal henceforth in the State.”
Adebule said the state government has also concluded plans to embark on enumeration of all registered private schools operating in the state from September 26, 2016.
“The enumeration exercise is aimed at providing the State government with accurate data and necessary information on private schools so as to set effective quality control mechanism in place and monitor compliance,” she stated.
The deputy governor who announced that a total of 119 prospective school owners who applied for registration had been granted provisional approval having met the guidelines set by the State government, warned that schools not registered or approved by the State Ministry of Education would not operate.
She stated that some schools failed to take advantage of the easy registration procedure put in place by the State government.