lagos State

State Fact File


9 million

Main Languages:


Main Tribes:

Yoruba, Aworis, Ogus, Ekos

State Capital:


Geographical Location:

South Western Nigeria

Interesting Facts:

Lagos remains the nation"s economic and commercial capital in recognition of which it is referred to as the Centre of Excellence.

Official State Website

Lagos Reform Agenda Summary

The Lagos State Ministry of Education, under the administration of Governor Babatunde Raji Fashola is committed to ensuring all citizens are provided with access to free and good quality education. The vision to create an effective education system which is mutually beneficial to all, can only be achieved through working effectively with partners to achieve Lagos State vision for quality education in a mega city.

State Ministry

Helping States make better use of their own resources to plan, manage, deliver and monitor services is at the heart of ESSPIN. We will help States plan on the basis of better management information, reform their inspection services, improve the training and deployment of teachers and get better value for money from procurement of buildings and materials. We?ll focus particularly on public financial management, complementing SPARC?s work with Ministries of Planning and Budgeting. In Northern Nigeria we will help States integrate the teaching of a basic curriculum into Islamiyah and Quranic schools. In Lagos, we will help the State improve regulation and inspection of private sector schools.


Two thirds of ESSPIN's resources will provide technical assistance to Government. The remainder will help underpin the transformation of government systems by providing resources to show what a reformed education system can do and creating incentives for further reform. This will include support for water and sanitation facilities, provision of educational materials, some infrastructure improvements and innovative ways of getting operating resources directly to schools and communities.


Building up government capacity and providing help to schools and communities is only part of the story: ESSPIN will also work with communities, civil society, the media and political representatives to share information, agree service standards and build up demand for better services. In particular, we?ll help School Based Management Committees to have a bigger influence in school management and improvement. ESSPIN will work alongside SAVI to build broad coalitions for reform in the education sector.

Key Facts Based on the 2009/10 Annual School Census

  • There are over 387,500 public primary school children in Lagos State (51.3% Female 48.7% Male)
  • There are approx 13,800 public primary school teachers employed, 11,400 of whom are female
  • The Lagos primary pupil/teacher ratio is 28:1 and 30:1 when considering only qualified teachers.
  • There are approx 11,700 public primary classrooms, 91.4% of which are usable. (Approx 42 pupils per classroom in primary).
  • 40% of public primary classrooms have sufficient seating and 61% have a good blackboard
  • 50.4% of primary schools have no source of safe water
  • 53.4% of primary schools have no toilet. The average pupil to toilet ratio is 139:1. The worst LGA for pupil to toilet ratio at primary level is Ojo LGA with a ratio of 409 pupils per toilet.
  • In Senior Secondary School, there are just over 254,000 enrolled, 50.8% of whom are girls. (Note large percentage of children go to private primary schools then public secondary)
  • By SSS the pupil teacher ratio improves to 26:1 and the pupil to qualified teacher ratio to 29:1
  • No Urban Schools run double shiftsApprox 15.5% of all public teachers in the State received training in the last 12 months.