There are 83,525 private schools in Nigeria with 34,614,169 pupils across the country. The schools have over 1,143,000 workers in their employment.
This was disclosed by the President of the National Association Proprietors of Private Schools (NAPPS), Chief ‘Yomi Otubela during a virtual conference of the association on Wednesday.
He therefore called on the Federal Government to bail out the private education sub-sector from economic crisis in order for them to remain in business in the face of devastations caused by the COVID-19 in the operations, adding that the private sector is playing too crucial a role in the nation’s economy not to be supported through the crisis.
“The request for palliatives has become imperative given the strategic position of the sector which has not only been providing succour in meeting the educational needs of a significant number of the Nigerian learners but also employers of labour to a vast number of the Nigerian populace who work as teaching and non-teaching staff. This is in addition to a lot of jobs indirectly provided through services rendered by school contractors, suppliers etc,” he said.