15,000 fake private schools operating in Lagos State, says commissioner

The Lagos State Government disclosed that about 15,000 fake private schools are operating in the state, without approval, hence, it has been established that the said schools are not fit for academic activities.

Penpushing reports that, the Commissioner for Education, Folasade Adefisayo gave the indication at a Ministerial briefing in commemoration of the second year in office of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu in Lagos.

The Commissioner explained that just a quarter of the about 20,000 private schools in the State had been approved by the Government, stressing that the condition required for the registration of the private schools is to have conducive classrooms and the full material testing of the building.

Penpushing further reports that, Adefisayo disclosed that, the registration of private schools in the state increased by 127 per cent, from 2019 to 2020: in 2019, 729 private schools were registered, while in 2020, 1,660 private schools were registered.

The commissioner said the registration of the schools was to ensure that no child was left out of school, adding that during the period under review, the Education Quality Assurance Unit of the ministry initiated the establishment of 27 mini libraries, to ease the process of research and statistics for students.

“The Office of the Education Quality Assurance is saddled with the responsibility of ensuring smooth evaluation of public and private schools. Also, monitoring their academic activities and ensuring the schools adhere to the required guidelines provided by the state government.

“During the period, the agency conducted over 2,247 resumption monitoring on schools and 173 whole school evaluation was conducted.The agency conducted 131 interventions/follow through visits and organised a virtual online training on the role of private schools in the implementation of the Lagos State Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy,” she said.

Penpushing also reports that, Adefisayo said that the government in partnership with SKLD Integrated Services Ltd set up and installed a Casio Mathematics and Science Laboratory, explaining that the objective was to provide continuous support and resources to meet the strategic objectives and need in enhancing the delivery of science related subjects.

The commissioner added that since the inauguration of the Mathematics and Science laboratory, the Ministry had trained no fewer than 100 teachers across the six Education Districts, and also trained over 60 technical instructors across the five Government Technical Colleges in the state.

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