An educationist, Dr Gboyega Ilusanya, has urged governments to create an enabling environment for low cost private school providers. He said governments could do this by regulating the schools to enable their growth, facilitate access to finance and collect data that can help stakeholders make informed decisions.
Ilusanya, who leads a team, Developing Effective Private Education Nigeria (DEEPEN), made the appeal at the 2016 Congress of the Association for Formidable Educational Development (AFED), held at the National Arts Theatre, Orile Iganmu, Lagos, last week. Ilusanya spoke on the theme: ‘Socio-economic impact of low cost education in Nigeria: The need for more enabling environment.’
He argued in favour of low cost school providers, saying they are also improving access to education, contributing positively to the economy through employment and improving on learning outcomes.
He also advised low cost education providers to key into research, as the data incurred through this process will bring to light their influence and impact on the society.
Ilusanya said: “It is essential that we open our doors for more meaningful research so that the impact of low cost private education can be unearthed while what is needed to be improved upon is also communicated.”