THE Lagos State government on Tuesday issued a two-week ultimatum to all private schools in the state to complete an emergency registration exercise, which would begin on Wednesday in all the six education districts in the State.
The Deputy Governor of the State and Head of the Ministry of Education, Dr Idiat Adebule, who announced this at a press conference in her office, said the exercise is free, and that there would be penalty for schools which fail to take part in the process.
She said: “In line with the pursuit of the state government to ensure the delivery of high quality education to all pupils and students in the State, it has become imperative to direct all proprietors of private schools in the state irrespective of their accreditation status to register their educational institutions at the education district within their area of operation within two weeks.”
Adebule however stated that the exercise was not intended to victimise any school, but to provide a comprehensive database for the government, and to ensure that the standard of learning and the learning environment were “in tandem with the vision of the State for the future of the pupils and the students.”
“This process has been designed to eliminate touts and middlemen who exploit them and make the accreditation process cumbersome. I must warn that should any school refuse to register, it would be deemed to harbour ulterior motives and our enforcement agents will sanction them as appropriate,” she added.