Substandard private schools occasioned by lack of supervision by education authorities, corruption and poverty have worsened the state of basic education in the country.
Investigations showed that teachers in most of the substandard schools were everything but professional as proprietors in many of them employed secondary school-leavers as teachers.
It was also discovered that facilities there were nothing to write home about as the majority of the schools operated in ramshackle buildings.
Findings indicated that school owners capitalised on the failure of government to provide qualitative education for the Nigerian child to make money.
Investigations conducted by our correspondents in some states of the country revealed that increasing number of poor parents were opting for the substandard private nursery and primary schools.
Also, poverty and decay in the public school system, lack of dedication by public school teachers and failure of state government to establish new schools in spite of the increasing population of the country contributed to parents’ preference for the mushroom private schools.