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15 Keys to Setup a Private School in Nigerian| Full Guide



15 Keys to Setup a Private School | 15 Keys to Setup a Private School in Nigerian Setting up private school is a good business if you have what it takes to get started. The number of schools especially those owned by private individuals are increasingly growing in almost everywhere in our towns, cities and villages.

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While owners create the schools to provide quality education, it is certain that the dividends that come with owning them are something to ride home about. As you read this article I bet you that a school is either being conceived somewhere or perhaps the creation process has actually begun. See also Tips on How To Gain Admission in UNILAG

I assure you that there is no better way to start your private school than first getting the knowledge demonstrated in this article first hand.

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You could start a private school any day any time but if you want to set a high standard and win this lucrative market, you need to take the pains of going through the details with me. However, the result will show for the time you put in and the good news for you is that plenty of folks have done the same thing you are thinking of doing. I tapped from their experience and believe that you will find  much inspiration and practical advice from this piece.

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Starting a high standard private school takes some time, money and patience. Here is how you can go about it following a timeline.

1. Carve Out Your Own Niche

It will be unrealistic to think that you can start a school that will offer education to every community and age group. About 35-25 months before opening, determine where you want to set up the school and what kind of school the local market needs. Is it a day-care, pre-nursery, nursery, primarysecondary, or a private school  day, boarding, etc.? You need to know what their needs in this area are and seek to meet them.

After you determine what kind of school you will be opening, then decide how many classes will actually open the school. It is advisable to start from the lowest levels and then keep adding classes as you get older in the business.

2. Come Up With A Committee

A good school is not started on one mind. It is built on a think tank of a number of minds put together to think through all that is required. If you think of the school in many years to come with say 5000 students enrollment, you will want to take it more seriously than you would, thinking just in the next 2-3 years. Synergy is key to success here like in most businesses. So form a committee.

Let’s say you’ve got 24 months to opening, the next serious thing you need to do is to form a small committee of talented supporters to begin the preliminary work. You may like to include parents with financial, legal, management and building experience. Ask for and get a commitment of time and financial support from each member. This important planning work will demand much time and energy. These people can become the core of your first board of directors.

3. Seek Accreditation Well Ahead Of Opening

Let’s say you now have 18 months to opening. This is the right time you should be preoccupied with filing incorporation papers with your education authorities in your country or region for accreditation. The lawyer on your committee should be able to handle this for you. There are likely going to be costs associated with the filing, but he/she should donate his/her legal services to the cause.

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Note that this shall eventually be a critical step in your long term fund raising plan. People will give money much more readily to a legal entity or institution as opposed to a person. If you have already decided to establish your own exclusive school, you will be on your own when it comes to raising money. In other words if your school is unregistered from the onset, you may soon forfeit government subventions.

4. Get A Business Plan In Place

Also, when you still have 18 months in your sleeves, develop your business plan. This should be a blue print of how the school is going to operate over its first five years and the expansion strategies in place for many years ahead. Always be conventional in your projections. Do not try to do everything in the first five years unless you have been lucky enough to find a donor to fund your school entirely. A good business plan will guarantee the sustainability of your school when it eventually goes operational. See why and how you should develop a business plan.

5. Draw Up A Realistic Budget

Also, as part of your business plan, draw a five year budget that details your income and expenses. The financial person on your committee should be responsible for developing this critical document. As always, project your expectations conservatively and factor in an additional amount that could rescue you if things go wrong.

You need to develop two budgets: an operating budget and a capital budget. For example, a swimming pool or an arts facility would fall under the capital side, while planning for social security expenses like bus services would be an operating budget expense. Take into serious consideration, growth over five year’s period. You may want to seek advice from an expert.

6. Get A Suitable School House

12 months to starting, find a facility to house the school or develop building plans if you will be creating your own facility from scratch. You don’t want to just choose an archaic house to host your school because it is inexpensive. A modern and nice structure is one of those things that will make your school outstanding. There should be something in your premises that says, “Welcome!”. The campus should be appealing first to parents and then to the pupils or students. Get your architect and contractor committee members to spearhead this assignment.

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Think carefully before you leap at acquiring that wonderful old mansion or vacant office space. Schools require good locations for many reasons, not the least of which is safety. Older buildings can be money pits. Make use of segmented buildings and improve on the campus with flowers and lawns.

7. Seek Tax Exempt Status

At this point, with about a year to start, apply for tax exemption in conformity with the laws related to this in your country/region. Again, your lawyer can handle this application. I do not in any way encourage you to refrain from paying local taxes but getting tax exemption can enable you get contributions from donors that are not subject to taxes. People and businesses will definitely look upon your fund raising efforts much more favorably if you are a recognized tax-exempt organization.

8. Get Some Key Faculty Members

This is also the right time to identify your Head Teacher and your Business Manager. Conduct your search as widely as possible. Write job descriptions for these and all your staff. You will be looking for enthusiastic and highly motivated self-starters who enjoy building something from scratch.  Once all other things have been put in place, hire the head and the business manager. They need the stability and focus of a steady job to get your school open. You need their expertise to ensure an opening on time.

Also begin to assemble your staffing team, making sure you get qualified teachers for each subject. This aspect will constitute a major determinant of how fast the school will grow.

9. Raise Funds For A Successful Opening

With say ten months left, you need to secure your initial funding from donors and subscriptions. You will need to plan your campaign carefully so that you can build motivation, and raise the funds required.

You could appoint a dynamic leader from your planning group to ensure the success of these initial efforts. Car washes are not going to yield the large amount of capital which you will need. Well-planned appeals to foundations and local philanthropists will pay off. If you can afford it, hire a professional to help you write proposals and identify donors.

10. Identify The Staffing Requirements

Go ahead to identify what your staff will require, for them to teach well. Having them receive all the didactic materials and deserving compensation will enable you meet your goal of delivering quality education to the attendees. Sell the vision of your school to them. If they buy your vision, rest assured that they will run with it to wherever you desire.

11. Publicize Your School To Stakeholders

Eight months to starting, advertise your schools to stakeholders using available media like TVs, radios, newspapers, and online on social media like Facebook. You could even create a website for your school and promote it. Be sure you advertise through the media that will enable you get to your target audience efficiently. Equally, design a website and set up a mailing list to keep interested parents and donors in touch with your progress.

Marketing your school is something which has to be done consistently, appropriately and effectively. If you can afford it, hire an expert to get this important job done.

12. Time To Open For Business

Five months to the school opening, it is time to open the school office and begin admissions, interviews and tours of your facilities. In addition to admissions and other activities you have begun carrying out, you also at this time should order instructional materials, planning curricula and devising a master timetable. You could get the team of professionals around you attend to some of these things while you have time to handle other tasks.

13. Get Your Teachers And Orientate Them

Have teachers in place to get the school ready for opening. The first year at a new school requires endless meetings and planning sessions for the academic staff. Get your teachers on the job no later than two months before inaugural in order to get them adequately prepared for opening day.

Depending on how lucky you are at attracting qualified teachers, you may have your hands full with this aspect of the project. Take the time needed to help your new teachers get acquainted with the school’s vision. They need to buy into it, or else their negative attitudes could create a host of problems.

14. The “D” Day

The long awaited opening day is finally at hand. Make this light-hearted opening at which you welcome your students and any interested parents at a brief assembly. Then off to classes. Teaching is what your school will be known for. It needs to begin promptly on Day 1.

The formal opening ceremonies should be a festive occasion. Schedule it for a few weeks after the soft opening. Faculty and students will have sorted themselves out by then. A feeling of community will be apparent. The public impression which your new school will make will be a positive one. If possible invite local, regional and state leaders.

15. Strive To Always Be Up-to-Date

After the opening, make sure you join national or private school associations. Through such gatherings you will find incomparable resources. The networking opportunities for you and your staff are virtually limitless. During the first year, plan and attend association conferences, so that your school can gain prominence. That will ensure plenty of applications for vacant positions in the following academic year

Vital Tips:

  • Be conservative in your projections of revenues and expenses even if you have an angel who is paying for everything.
    • Make sure real estate agents are aware of the new school. Families moving into the communities always ask about schools. Arrange open days, houses and gatherings to promote your new school.
    • Submit your school’s website to sites like this one so that parents and teachers can become aware of its existence.
    • Always plan your facilities with growth and expansion in mind. Be sure to keep them green as well. A sustainable school will last so many years. One which is planned without any consideration of sustainability will fail eventually.

What You Need:

  • A Planning Committee
  • A Head of School
  • A Business Manager
  • A Business Plan
  • The Right Environment
  • Dynamic, effective fund raising
  • Professional marketing
  • Qualified Teaching Staff

With all these in place, you are very good to go. The steps mentioned above are applicable in most locations. If there is need for any adjustment, you can do that to fit your circumstances and location.

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UNIOSUN/Departmental Cut-off Marks 2019/2020



UNIOSUN/Departmental Cut-off MarksOsun State University UNIOSUN UTME Departmental admission cut-off marks and Direct Entry  into the various courses for 2019/2020 academic session. is available online check here. Stay focus and go through;

Cut off mark is an agreed score set by a particular institution as a basic of admitting students into the department of study.  This score is usually accredited to candidates based on their performance in a particular examination. However, students who have scored above the required cut off mark will be given admission and preferentially treated in admission process above those who have met the exacts cut off mark.

There are certain criteria to be observed by students before being admitted to study in any of the courses in any Nigerian Institutions . One of these which include meeting the required cut of mark for each schools as well as the courses itself.  It is very easy to obtain admission if one has met the required cut off mark for the admission into a particular course.

Osun State University Jamb Fixed Cut-off Mark 2019

Following the scrapping out of post UTME by the federal government, the Joints Admission and Matriculation board (JAMB) had given a bench mark of 180 and above for candidates applying for Universities, Polytechnics, Colleges of Education. Hitherto, the Osun State University has follow suit in the 180 general cut of mark of JAMB.

Sometimes You might ask questions like: I had 180 and above but was not still given the admission to study my desired course?

Candidates with higher scores are first considered; in admission basics, candidates with lower scores though might meet the cut off mark of 160 may likely not be admitted. In fact, it is the higher your scores, the higher the chance of being admitted.

Osun State University Departmental Cut-off Mark

The Osun State University does not really have a specific cut off mark for courses. However, candidates who have scored a minimum of one 180 in UTME examination is eligible to apply for admission into any of their choice courses.

Realted JAMB UTME Cut off Marks | for All Nigerian Institutions

Due to the high number of students wishing to study in the Delta State University, the admission processes is competitive and an admission is given based on JAMB score and O level grades.

This is to inform candidates that the 2019 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) screening exercise will hold for candidates who chose Osun State University as their first choice, with a minimum score of 160 and above.

Pleas NOT: However, candidates that scored less than 200 would not be considered for admission into any of the following programmes:

Business Administration
Political Science

Meanwhile candidates who chose any of these courses but scored less than 200 can change to any other relevant programme of their choice.

Candidates are to register on-line by accessing the University website: or to complete and submit applications. They are expected to print two (2) copies of the application form after submission.

Direct Entry candidates should complete the form on-line, following the same process as above and ensure that they read the admission requirements of the university before applying to any of its programmes. They are also expected to forward their Academic Transcripts to the Registrar of Osun State University. ALL Direct Entry candidates including those of UNIOSUN (IJMB) Programme, who wish to be considered for admission into Osun State University for the 2018/2019 academic session, must have obtained Direct Entry Forms from JAMB. Such candidates must apply for the screening exercise.

UNIOSUN will admit only candidates who made at least five (5) credit passes in SSCE/NECO/NABTEB in the relevant subjects at not more than two sittings except for Nursing and Law which require ONE sitting. The University also accepts a minimum of Lower credit for Direct Entry candidates. Candidates should meticulously provide their O’ Level results on the portal. Any candidate that provides false information would be prosecuted by law enforcement agencies and the admission of such candidates withdrawn once discovered. Candidates awaiting results should supply it within one week of release. Any candidate who fails to participate in the screening exercise will not be considered for admission.

The 2018/2019 admission exercise will be based on Central Admission Processing System (CAPS), a system designed by Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) to automate the admissions process to tertiary institutions

Visit the Uniosun Post UTME Portal via or This will take you to the online Application Platform. Ensure you read all registration guidelines and instructions before proceeding to register.

Payments of N2,000.00 for the Post UTME Screening and N5,500 portal access and administrative fees are through the Interswitch Web PAY platform, using your ATM cards (Master Card, Verve card and Interswitch enabled Cards.)

For further information, please contact the Admissions Office, Osun State University, Osogbo on Tel: 080-35769845, 08107976419

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FUWUKARI Registration Deadline 2018/2019



This is to inform the fresh student of The Federal University Wukari (FUWUKARI) that the school management Reopens Registration Portal and sets Sets New Deadline for 2018/2019 academic session.

FUWukari Post UTME Admission Form

This is to inform all the students of the Federal University Wukari (FUWUKARI), that the Vice Chancellor, Prof. A.M Kundiri, has directed to re-opening of the school portal to enable students who were unable to complete their course registrations before the portal was closed  to do so.

FUWUKARI portal ( will be opened for registration between 19th and 25th March, 2019.


Affected students are advised to comply and take this opportunity of grace serious.

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See: JAMB Post-UTME Cut off Marks. Meanwhile, do not forget Best School News will be there for you all through the journey. So ensure you visit regularly for updates regarding the Admission exercise.

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UNIOSUN New Intake Matriculation Numbers 2018/2019



The Osun State University (UNIOSUN) Currently released New Intake Matriculation Numbers for printing

UNIOSUN Acceptance Fee Process

This is to inform all the 2018/2019 freshers and transfer students of the Osun State University  (UNIOSUN) that the authorities of the institution have announced that those who have completed their online registration can now check and print their matriculation numbers online.

How to Check and Print UNIOSUN Matriculation Numbers.

  1. Go to
  2. Supply your UTME/DE registration number in the required column.
  3. Finally, click on ‘Check‘ button to access and print your UNIOSUN matriculation number.


1) Only Fresh students that have completed their online Acceptance Clearance and have made full payment of their tuition fees are allocated Matriculation Numbers.

2) If you run into any hitch accessing your Matriculation Number or you notice any spelling mistake in the biodata details , please send an email to:

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