ABUJA – Amb. Biodun Owoseni, the Chairman of the Board, Royal Rainbow International School, Lugbe, FCT, called on governments to ensure that only private schools that met international standards were approved to operate.
Owoseni made the call on Thursday in Abuja at 9th Prize-Giving Day and Graduation ceremony.
He said that the proliferation of substandard schools was an impediment to the nation’s quest to ensure that young people received quality education.
“It is good for government to devise the right policies to ensure that private schools met the required international standards for registration.
“Government should not approve any mushroom school. Those that have been registered in error should be deregistered,
Owoseni called on governments to assist private school proprietors in the provision of basic infrastructure such as computers and boleholes.
He said that government should reduce taxes levied on private school as incentive for proprietors to invest in the infrastructure development in their schools.
The chairman of the occasion, Mr Joseph Olawole, urged the Federal Government to increase its investment in the education sector.
Olawole said this would help improve the deteriorating conditions of the public schools.
“So many people cannot afford to enroll their wards into private schools. We need to do more to ensure that we give Nigerian children the opportunity to go to school,” he said.
He commended the graduating schools and also urged them to be steadfast in their educational pursuit.
One of the graduating students, Miss Sharon Unimuyiable, while speaking on behalf of the graduating students called on governments to produce policies to widen access to university education. (NAN)