Former Vice-Chancellor of University of Lagos (UNILAG), Prof. Rahamon Bello has attributed poor funding of the education sector to the major hindrance to the nation’s economic development and industrial growth.
This was part of the thrust of his lecture entitled: “Private Education in Nigeria, Sustainability in the Next Fifty Years,” which he delivered as part of activities to mark the 50th anniversary of Grace Schools, a group of private schools located in Gbagada, Lagos.
The lecture, which according to the management of the school, would be the first major activity lined up for the anniversary celebration, which kicked off on January 8, 2018.
Bello, the immediate past vicechancellor of the university, however, insisted that quality education is vital to human resources development which in turn promotes economic development.
The don, who noted that private education, would continue to be part of the nation’s education system because public schools have failed to guarantee quality as long as underfunding and mismanagement remain the order of the day, argued that even when the economy improves it would only give more space to private schools since the middle class prefers private schools as long as they could afford the fees in a situation where public schools continue to offer low quality services.
His words: “A ban on private school is highly unlikely in the future. The demand for private education rather than wane in the years ahead is likely to increase.
The public sector is unlikely to have all the resources needed to provide all the shades of schools’ needs to meet the demands of the 6-3- 3-4 policy on education.
“The private sector investment in private education is very substantial and will continue to increase.
The government must therefore fine tune their strategies on regulation through monitoring and inspection.”
Meanwhile, the Administrator of schools, Mrs. Tokunbo Edun recalled that Grace Schools was founded on January 8, 1958 by her late mother, Deaconess Grace Bisola Osinowo, while Grace High School was found in 1994.
Mrs. Edu, therefore, assured parents and other guests at the event that the schools would continue to adhere to the ideals of the founder through provision of qualitative education and quality service delivery.