In an obvious harsh economic climate across the country, parents are withdrawing their children and wards from private schools.
Vanguard Nigeria learnt that more and more parents have embarked on mass transfer of their pupils from private to government schools.
Recent enrollment figures for numerous public primary and secondary schools have shot up significantly as a result.
The state commissioner for basic and secondary education in Delta State, Mr. Chiedu Ebie confirmed the reports.
He said that the state government was taking measures to deal with the effects of the increased population recorded in public schools.
Mr. Chiedu said “Very recently, there has been a huge increase of the number of pupils enrolling in our public schools.
“We suspect the high cost of fees in private schools and the harsh economic climate has resulted to shift from private to government schools.”
He hinted that the increased number of pupils especially at the primary level has put strain on the state’s resources.
He said Delta State has overshot its allocation from FG’s Federal National School Feeding Program by as high 97,916 pupils.
The slot allotted by the Federal Government to Delta State for the program is 149,000 pupils only.
Meanwhile, the state government has moved to halt the indiscriminate enrollment of pupils into public schools across the state.
The state says the mass enrolment has created planning challenges in the ministry.