School business is one of the most popular in Nigeria, and as the country’s population grows, so does the demand for additional schools. The law in Nigeria considers operating a private school to be a full-fledged company, with registration procedures.
Running a private school in Nigeria entails specific registration requirements, which this article discusses. The size of your school is determined by your money, and there is a huge demand in Nigeria for high-quality schools.
The process of registering a school in Nigeria is nearly identical to that of registering other enterprises in Nigeria. The main difference is that after registering your firm as a business name or limited liability company, you must obtain clearance from the Ministry of Education before you can legally operate your school.
If you want to register an institute or other connected identity in Nigeria, you can do so using the same procedure. Let us now look at the factors to think about before registering your private school in Nigeria.
FACTORS TO CONSIDER BEFORE SCHOOL REGISTRATION
LOCATION OF YOUR SCHOOL
You must select an accessible and convenient place. If your money is large enough, you can choose high-end zones, and the school fees for such arrears are typically substantial. First, survey the neighborhood to determine the availability of other schools, standard and average fees, and so on.
The cost of land ranges from ₦500000 to ₦2000000, and a bungalow is a nice place to start. Many private school owners rent first and then develop. The government requires a cottage for each school, and you may acquire a storey.
You may obtain a storey if the kindergarten and nursery children are within the flow section. There should be at least 15 rooms, all of which might be painted. However, the 15 rooms are not only for students, but also for the library, administrative blocks, and other purposes.
Hire an engineer to design and build your school. The building might be currently tiny in size, but further structures may be added as the school grows. Renting has a cost, and you can rent your own.
Make sure the classrooms have enough space and that there is adequate ventilation. There should be enough area for students to run around and for morning assembly.
Facilities such as desks, seats, cupboards, and bookshelves are necessary. Blackboards and stationery are required for your students. Your budget has an impact on your facilities, and if you have the funds, you can purchase computers right now.
Computers, interactive boards, and other technology will benefit and attract more pupils. Consider swing sets and musical instruments. Get clean toilets that allow for effective water supply.
Check that your school is using the required textbooks and curriculum. This includes the printing of notebooks, the school anthem, and the motto.
You must hire people, both teaching and non-teaching staff. Cleaning employees, security guards, cooks, accountants or clerks, and teachers are all involved. Prepare to pay them and prevent owing salary, which can harm your reputation.
High quality will attract more students to the school while also enhancing the institution’s reputation. Teachers must hold the NCE or equivalent fundamental qualifications.
Make sure your teachers and staff are available. Obtaining or hiring teachers prior to the start date is preferable. Extra lessons can provide you with additional income, and the school transportation service can also provide you with additional income.
Purchasing school clothes, notebooks, and lunch alternatives might also bring in extra money. Advertising and maintaining a high level of quality can help your school’s business.
PROMOTE THE SCHOOL
You can market the school by employing brochures or posters that include the school’s name, motto, and location. You can also market it by including availability information, a tagline, contact information, and so on. Promote the school using billboards or social media.
DOCUMENTS NEEDED AND HOW TO REGISTER YOUR SCHOOL
CHOOSE THE RIGHT NAME
Your school’s name is your brand name, and it should be distinctive. Check online for the availability of the school name, which will aid in the creation of a school website. Having a school website can also help with advertising and keeping your school on schedule.
REGISTER YOUR SCHOOL WITH CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION(CAC)
Go to the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) office and register your school name. Get some names for CAC registration, and each name should be unique. Because this is a private school, the names should not include the words: state,’ ‘government,’ or ‘national,’ as well as the rest of the phrases. At CAC, you will be given a form, and your company name will be listed under reservation and availability. This process takes roughly two weeks, and the charge is around ₦50000.
After two weeks, you will receive permission if that name is still available. If the name is no longer available, you will be given other alternatives for a price.
After approval, you will receive a registration form, which you will fill out. The following information will be entered into the form:
- The business name and this is the name you choose for the school.
- Your school address
- The names of the business owners.
- Address of the business owners.
- 2 passports of the business owners and the business nature.
Submit the form. It takes from about 2 or 4 weeks for a reply
REGISTRATION WITH THE MINISTRY OF EDUCATION
After registering with the CAC, you must register with the government, which will allow your school to function lawfully. This requires you to write a letter to your state’s Ministry of Education, in which you should provide the name of the school.
Following the initial registration, the Ministry of Education will send several inspection personnel. They will inspect your restrooms, classrooms, and administrative buildings. If you pass the inspection, they will advise you to obtain an approval document, which will cost you ₦25000.
After you submit the form, another team or a second team will arrive at the school. Curriculum, textbooks, and other materials are being scrutinized. If this stage is successful, your school will be approved by the government.
To register your private school in Nigeria, you have to follow all the steps explained in this article. All of this would not take you too much time to complete.