Chief (Mrs.) Victoria Diete-Spiff, founder of Charles Dale Memorial International School, Port Harcourt, , has expressed worry that parents were retrieving their children from private schools because of the economic crisis in the country.
Diete-Spiff worried that parents were now taking their children to public schools adding that private schools were facing hard times.
Diete-Spiff, who spoke after receiving Academic Icon Award from National Association of Oduduwa Students during the 10th Anniversary of the institution, also advocated for government to give grants to private schools in the country.
The proprietor noted that private schools were the drivers of academic excellence in a nation and that they needed encouragement.
Diete-Spiff said, “Most schools proprietors are anticipating that the recession is going to be rough. Most parents during this recession are having problem in connection to finance. Most of them are retrieving their children.
“Private school is the bedrock of education in Nigeria and for somebody to withdraw his ward from private school it means a lot.
“Government should improve the standard of education in Nigeria at least by providing grants for private schools. In other countries the government gives grants to private schools but it is not done here.
“Government should do what needs to be done. Qualitative education is necessary because that is what the country needs to development.”