As the economic recession triggers a new type of migration of students from public to private school, some school owners have resolved to give 50 percent discounts to any parent who pays for a whole session, as against paying for a term.
This is as some parents keep mounting pressure on school administrators to give their children double promotion to escape one year school fees.
investigations revealed that as parents withdraw their children and wards from private schools, owners of some private schools have introduced attractive discounts to parents to curtail the unfavourable trend. Discounted fees In one of the schools at Ipaja the offer was; if any parent can pay one year school fees in advance, he or she will get 50 per cent discount the following year.
For some schools, management has concluded plans to reduce school fees so as to appeal to the conscience of parents who might be thinking of patronise public schools. The Proprietor of Tob Land Nursery and Primary School, Agege, Lagos, who did not want his name in print lamented that there were some parents who, due to the prevailing economic recession, have gone to owners of private schools seeking for double promotion for their children.
Without counting the academic consequence on their wards, some parents have maintained that the double promotion will relieve them of the burden of paying school fees for a year. His words: “Almost 75% of the parents are unable to pay their children’s school fees and buy books due to the recession.
Some parents are buying half of the text books. “The initial thought was to increase the school fees this term but I was unable to because of the economic challenges. Right now, parents have withdrawn their children to public schools. About 15 students from my school have been taken to public schools.