Private school owners in Lagos groan over multiple taxation

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Eromosele Ebhomele
Lanre Ogunyemi
Owners of private schools in Lagos on Thursday said they have been frustrated by multiple taxation in the state.
The proprietors, under the aegis of National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools, NAPPS, led by its Deputy National President, Chief Yomi Otubela, made a courtesy call on members of the Education Committee of the Lagos State House of Assembly during which they intimated the committee of how they are being made to pay all kinds of levies by agents of the government.
Otubela urged the government to stop penalising private schools with low number of students for examinations and that private schools should be discouraged from giving gratification to officials of the Ministry of Education as he said that this leads to proliferation of mushroom schools with substandard equipment and unqualified teachers.
Mr. Otubela emphasised the need to harmonise the school calendar and ensure that a session is up to 38 or 39 weeks to cover the scheme of work.
He stated further that children should be allowed to close and resume a week or two before and after each academic session, while advocating the study of Yoruba Language in schools in Lagos State as against what operates in some private schools in the state.
“The government should ensure that everybody adopts the national curriculum of education regardless of whether the schools are owned by indigenous people or foreigners.
“The examination board should regulate the textbooks that are used in the schools and encourage indigenous authors so that they could be creative,” he said.
Emphasising the issue of multiple taxation, the President of the Lagos State chapter of NAPPS, Alhaji Akande Kamal, revealed that the proprietors are made to pay dues such as radio/television levies and that local government staff, who come for levies sometimes arrest their staff.
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Source:: PM Newspaper