How to Start a Private School in Nigeria

Recently, people are beginning to prefer private schools to government schools due to the fact that the owners put in their time and money to ensure that things are done the right way and that students learn properly and in a conducive environment. Here, we bring to you the steps involved in starting a private school in Nigeria.

What is a School?

A school is an educational institution designed to provide learning spaces and learning environments for the teaching of students under the direction of teachers. Most countries have systems of formal education, which is sometimes compulsory. In these systems, students progress through a series of schools.

The number one priority of every parent is to send their children to school to acquire knowledge from infancy. School fees for these children take more than 20 percent of what average parents are earning, depending on the number of children they have. This has lead to the booming of private school business in Nigeria.

Nigeria is among the developing countries of the world that are investing seriously in education. Apart from the government schools established mostly by colonial masters, private schools are increasingly springing up from various parts of the country.

Starting a private school involves a lot of money. At the beginning, your focus should be to make a name by delivering quality services and not to make money.

How to Start a Private School in Nigeria

Steps Involved in Setting up a Private School in Nigeria

Draw a good plan

Try to come up with a plan on how you intend to commence the school business. It will include things like location, how many sections (like crèche, nursery, primary, and secondary), the maximum number of pupil per class and more. This plan will serve as a guide towards ensuring that the desired goal is achieved.

Get A Land In A Good Area

Don’t buy land in an isolated area where people are not living, no parent would want to patronize you in such location. Due the inherent risk involved in child’s movement, parent will prefer a school that is within their home, and for easy pick up of their children.

Note: Some people go for rented apartment. if you do not have enough money to buy land and build your own house, rent an apartment, use it to raise money to build later.

Start with lower grades

It is advised that you start with nursery and then primary, secondary and tertiary institutions. It may be difficult to make all the sections work effectively if started at the same time.

Register your school

You have to register your school with the relevant government agency. It is a big risk to operate an illegal school as the owner of the school can be sued to court.

Employ Qualified Staff

Having gotten a good location for your school proceeds to employ trained staff who will manage the activities of the school. Such staff includes tutorials and non-tutorial staff. Ensure that only certified teachers are employed to teach in your school.

Provide adequate facilities

There is a need for you to provide facilities such as sports and recreational facilities, agricultural facilities, science and arts facilities and more. These facilities if procured will encourage parents to register their children in your school and will also help in developing the children in all ramifications.

Inform people about the existence of your school through the radio, television, newspaper, fliers, handbills, posters, billboards, online adverts or through direct contact with organisations. This will no doubt attract parents to register their children.

Enroll Students

After advertising your school, start registration of students who wish to study in your school. Resume your school following the government academic calendar.


Starting a private school involves a lot of tasks. Apart from the financial involvement, you need to hire trained teachers who know how best to pass knowledge to the children.

The above article may be of great help to individuals who want to establish private schools in Nigeria, mainly if they can add all their energy to make it successful.


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