DEEPEN, AFED, and the DFID GEMS3 programme have been working to sensitise proprietors of private schools to be fully aware of the taxes and fees they should be paying including how much, when, to whom, and using what modality. This study catalogues schools’ experiences with this training, as well as over a year’s subsequent experience of dealing with government authorities after the training
Lagos State has to date been more effective at generating revenue for the state government than many other Nigerian states, and the various layers of government seeking income have resulted in the longstanding issue of ‘multiple taxation’ on schools and businesses. Education and information can provide proprietors with the tools they need to avoid paying incorrect charges. Being clear about what is and is not legal means that proprietors can become confident in resisting incorrect demands, knowing that a court order is required for the closure of a school.
The Association for Formidable Educational Development (AFED) and the Growth and Employment in States (GEMS) 3 project (in collaboration with DEEPEN) have been providing training to improve awareness amongst private school proprietors regarding the taxes they should be paying (as well as when, how and how much) through training workshops. DEEPEN initiated this intervention as part of the Rules and Standards work stream, and this report provides information from a survey on the impact of this training.