The private school proprietorship trend is on the rise in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), on the heels of parents’ and guardians’ preference for private schools.
Findings by Daily Trust show that the craving for private schools in the territory is fuelled by assurances of security in private schools due to the current insecurity, incessant strike in the public school system, the lack of good infrastructure, teaching-learning facilities, nonconductive learning environment, and as a status symbol.
Some parents are also said to prefer the private schools for reasons of examination malpractices, with many schools said to be amenable paving ways for students to obtain unmerited good results.
Checks by Daily Trust indicate that scores of such schools dot different parts of the FCT in staggering proportions so much that they have outnumbered public schools. Our correspondents who visited different parts of FCT report that the owners making brisk businesses, despite some anomalies in the system at the expense of gullible parents and guardians.
According to available data in many states in the country, private primary and secondary schools outnumber public schools because they serve as a sanctuary for cutting corners occasioned by exams malpractices, and other infractions.
There are at least 2,493 private schools in the six area councils of the FCT, compared to 831 public primary and secondary schools.