Many parents in Lagos State have started withdrawing their children from private to public schools, due to the current economic recession.
Punch learnt that many of the parents took the decision when they discovered that their income could no longer meet their needs.
Some proprietors of private schools said they were expecting such situation.
The Deputy President, National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools, Mr. Abayomi Otubela, told one of Punch correspondent that one of his members in Mushin, Lagos State, had formally complained that parents were withdrawing their children in droves, from her school to the public schools in the area.
A mother of three, Mrs. Favour Ukpong, whose child attends a private school at the Fagba area of Lagos said that she had withdrawn her daughter from the school and moved her to a public school.
Ukpong said, “I just realised that I can’t afford the fees any longer. More so, the proprietors have increased the fees from N18,000 to N25,000.
Another parent, Mrs. Wemimo Abiodun said her child’s tuition had increased by N10, 000, which spurred her decision to withdraw her daughter from a private school at the Ojodu-Berger area of Lagos.
“I had wanted to withdraw my daughter long time ago. The tuition was N40,000 and has now increased to N50,000. My husband can’t afford that.”
Also, a banker, Mr. Steve Aliyu, who said he was a victim of a mass purge in his organisation recently, said he had withdrawn his four year-old daughter from a private to a public school.