The Nigerian government has said it is considering privatising public-owned schools that are not doing well. The minister of state for education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba made the statement on Saturday, July 11 during a webinar, The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reported.
There have been concerns about the standard of education in public-owned schools. According to Nwajiuba, public and private sector collaboration is a way to move the education sector forward in the country. He said the ministry of education is already working on how to concession public schools for private partnerships.
“For instance, we have a lot of public schools that are not doing well; so, instead of building new schools, let us concession some of these schools to those who have the capacity to adapt and close-manage them very well,” he said. Meanwhile, the announcement by the federal government that unity schools will not be participating in the forthcoming West African Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) has left the school principals’ association, ANCOPSS, confused. Anselm Izuagie who is the national president of All Nigeria Confederation of Principals of Secondary Schools said the federal government’s latest position contradicts the decision taken earlier at a stakeholders’ meeting held on Tuesday, July 7, Nigerian Tribune reported. In another report, a former presidential candidate of the PDP and one-time vice president of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar, has picked holes in some recent decisions of the federal government.
With respect to the government’s cancellation of the annual West African Secondary School Certificate Examination (WASSCE), Atiku on Friday, July 10, expressed certain misgivings. In his opinion aired on his official Twitter page, the former vice president said that the government’s move which is born out of caution in the face of coronavirus can be counter-productive if not preceded by proper consultation and thoughtful action. He stated that going by the massive number of youths who write the examination, cancelling it will definitely set the young Nigerians behind their contemporaries in other African nations.