Educationist Urge Government not to cripple private schools
An educationist, Mrs. Funso Adegbola, has urged all tiers of government not to run private schools out of business.
The multiple taxations these schools faced, Adegbola said, would not enable them to perform optimally in contributing to youth development and the nation’s growth.
The educationist stated this just as she urged all stakeholders to contribute to arresting the declining standard of education in the country.
Adegbola, who is the Director of the Vale College, Ibadan, Oyo State, made the appeal while addressing journalists in Lagos.
According to her, many states in the country see private schools as competitors, just as they exploit them as gold mines using various tax regime strategies.
She said, “The government only go after private schools because they are the only ones that are actually making a difference and I think it should stop seeing private schools as competitors. In fact, we are not even supposed to be competitors. We ought to be partners with them. If the government had done its work very well, they would not have been treating us as if we are sitting on a gold mine because we are not sitting on a gold mine.
“We provide our own electricity. We provide our own water. We pay taxes and, now, they have started this Land Use Act and all these other levies. We have written to the government at every level as well as to written to the Federal Ministry of Education. You cannot really run private schools to the ground because we are doing what the government is supposed to be doing. In other climes, the government subsidises private schools and does not run them out of business.”
Adegbola, who frowned on the huge population of children not in school, urged the government and other stakeholders to contribute to reviving the sector.