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School Fees Hike In Nigeria

Few days ago, a friend of mine aired her sentiments about her child’s exorbitant School fees on Facebook.  I felt her pain so much because that was exactly what was brewing on my mind. I had so much to say so I just couldn’t drop a short comment, so  I sent her a personal message. Later that day, my hubby came home and showed me this ridiculous school fees list that had gone viral. I hope this is a joke. (Sorry for the not-so-great image. That was the best I could get. Click on image to zoom)children international school fees

I froze for some minutes in shock. Is this for real?!!

I just remembered how little we paid for education in my time and we turned out great. If you went to F.G.G.C Abuloma, please can you remind me how much we used to pay? I know it wasn’t much. I also remember that when the school fees was increased by say 1,000 Naira, you as a student better be scared if you come home with a regressed result for that term because parents will sing it in your ears how you are wasting their sweat. I understand there’s a difference in a decade-plus span and the curriculum is quite robust now but I didn’t expect the enormous change in fees. The age limit to be accepted has also changed. In Nigeria, you will hear about a 12 month- old child ‘writing ‘ an exam and graduating. LOL. Which I think it’s an expensive school’s way of saying, ” Come pay a lot of money while we teach your child how to babble”. Yayyy!!! *clapping frantically*

Here in Saudi Arabia, there are good International schools but these come with high fees too, ranging from 2,500 Dollars – 8,000 Dollars per term, per toddler. Convert to Naira, swallow beta spit and shout Harllerluryar! So my last visit to Nigeria, I visited a couple of schools to compare.  I had some options in mind and went to inquire. I saw some affordable ones but one stood out to me with their fees. 380,000 Naira to start, almost 200,000 Naira for the subsequent term fees. Though it was relatively cheaper than that of Saudi Arabia’s, I was taken aback by the fees, so I asked why it was that high. The lady I met asked me why I didn’t ask about the curriculum first but the school fees. I told her it was my prerogative to ask for fees first. She finally gave me a breakdown of the fees and told me it was a British curriculum. I went home thinking. For just one toddler? What will happen when the others join? I even heard there were more expensive schools like the above picture depicted but I just didn’t bother with those. Yes, there are parents that can afford to pay these high fees without blinking but for us who need affordable good private schools, where can we find them? Remember, this is not peculiar to just Nigeria but I’m focusing on Nigeria because it is my country and I grew up there.

These so-called expensive schools have played on the guilt of parents who want the absolute best for their child. Oblivious to the fact that expensive school doesn’t necessarily mean ‘good school’. For a  second there, think! Who heads the school? Is the person an Educationist? Or just someone’s rich wife? Oh, there’s a difference in the way these two will run the school. The former will handle the school better than the latter. You as a parent, Do you know you play a major part in teaching the child?

Some parents don’t help matters. While modest parents try to make their voices heard about the high fees and annual increase, some parents die in silence just not to be seen as one who can’t afford them. Yes, it’s now a status thing. According to one parent, they even judge each other by the schools their kids attend and even prevent their kids from playing with the “less- expensive” school kid.

I applaud some really good schools and appreciate your work put into educating a child but to relieve some Parents of this bitterness, Can you please educate us on what and what a parent is paying for? (Especially for the Early Years Learning). Parents are bitter, plus Nigeria’s economy is hard, It’s best to tell Parents what their money is going into.

So if you teach or own a school, please educate us in the comment section.

Parents, If you know of affordable schools that are exceptionally good, also say it in the comments section.

Parents who have survived this path, what should young parents look out for in a school?

Your comments would really help a lot!

 

 

 

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8 Comments

  • Reply
    Precious @Precious Core
    July 23, 2016 at 6:33 am

    Hi Bubu, I don’t live in Nigeria but I have started educating my own children. I have a blog post planned with details of my reasons but one of them is because we can’t afford the exorbitant fees in private schools. So we were like, let’s homeschool. We get to help our kids focus on their strengths and we also bond with them. I don’t know if homeschooling is legal in Nigeria. I know the idea might sound crazy to some parents but it is very doable especially if one parent is not working.

    PreciousCore.com

    • Reply
      Bubu
      July 23, 2016 at 1:25 pm

      Thank you Precious. Aptly said. Home- schooling is very possible and the last time I checked, one has not been thrown into jail for home schooling. LOL

  • Reply
    Tessy
    July 26, 2016 at 11:43 pm

    Bubu, this is a very nice topic, I live in Lagos and the hike in school fees now is nothing to write home about. It’s really not funny. My mum called me today to inquire how much my kids’ school fees is, I told her and she has been screaming since Lol. While outside the country, like Canada where my sister resides, her children’s education is totally free. We can do it here in Nigeria but corruption won’t just let us be …It’s well!

    http://www.tessyonyia.com

    • Reply
      Bubu
      July 27, 2016 at 1:55 am

      Very true Tess! Yes, I heard it’s free in Canada.Sad! I pray for a revolution in our Country. We can make it happen but that will take a loooong time, judging by the present situation.

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    noncapax
    August 17, 2016 at 11:34 am

    You’re quite right. It’s unfortunate that, like you mentioned, many parents have automatically equated expensive with better.
    Great post.

    • Reply
      Bubu
      August 17, 2016 at 1:47 pm

      Thanks noncapax. Thanks for visiting my blog.

  • Reply
    Chizo
    November 9, 2017 at 1:55 pm

    Abu dear,

    I am sorry my comment is more than a year late, but I feel compelled to write.
    The list is mind boggling; I had to check it twice.
    Most private schools in UK will not charge that much, except the likes of Eton; which is a secondary school.
    My word!

    • Reply
      Bubu
      November 9, 2017 at 11:23 pm

      It’s okay dear. Great info.Naija sha, is something else.

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