I have followed the list of the best 20 WAEC candidates for a few
years now, and you SELDOM see any student from any of these
expensive secondary schools in Nigeria.
A vast majority of the best WAEC students are usually from public
schools, unity schools, and average or low cost private schools.
This is despite the fact that many of these very expensive private
schools hire “machineries” to aid their students with external
So, here is my question:
What is the point of paying N3-million a year for a primary or
secondary school student IF a student who pays N100k/term has a
higher tendency of beating your child hands-down, in any
examination conducted under a FAIR condition?
You see, I attended a unity school; FGGC Kabba to be precise. I
paid N0.00 for tuition for ALL my years in secondary school. Paid
N1,500 as boarding fees for the first few years, and N4,500 for the
last few years.
Still, in ALL my academic years of finding myself in same class
with some who attended expensive secondary schools, ONLY ONE
could beat me. And that one is my Facebook friend (She wouldn’t
want to be tagged).
She studied Aerospace Engineering while I studied Mechanical
Engineering in same University in the UK. We were in same class
for a better part of our studies. She graduated with an
“undebatable” first class honors degree, and either the overall best
or second. She is the only one of many Nigerian expensive
secondary school grads that I can admit has beaten me
A vast majority of those who have beaten me in class at some
points in my educational pursuits are actually from PUBLIC
SECONDARY SCHOOLS, which includes community secondary
schools, unity schools, and low cost private schools.
My younger brother spent the first three years of his secondary
education in one of the most expensive secondary schools in Benin
City. My parents had to withdraw him before he graduates as an
airhead. My mum is still of the opinion that those three years in
that very expensive school almost damaged him academically. He
finished in a public school, as a much better student.
Most of the best academics and scholars that I know are from
public and unity secondary schools in Nigeria. And these are the
cheapest secondary schools in the country.
You see, I’m a person who deals with means and results.
If you ask me to pay N3-million for a child in a country with such
level of poverty, I need to get live value for my money, and I need
real life results.
You have to prove to me with actual statistics that your students
are the most academically grounded and brilliant in the country.
You have to prove to me that my child will score As and be able to
defend it anywhere in the world.
Nah… I won’t pay such amount just because you added “fake
British accent” class to your curriculum. Or because the richest
kids are in your school. The results I want are the ones that have
to do with academic excellence.
I have a VERY STRONG OPINION about expensive secondary
schools in Nigeria. And although I might ruffle some feathers, I will
state it here. You are free to disagree.
1. Excessively expensive secondary schools in Nigeria are a waste
of money and resources.
2. They do NOT have the most qualified teachers, because they
can’t pay… since their common priority is to maximize profits. The
most qualified teachers in Nigeria are in public and unity schools.
Because only state and federal governments can afford to pay
These private schools employ fresh graduates with no teaching
experience. Just to save cost. Only a few good ones employ some
retired teachers of public schools who have spent better parts of
their productive lives in public and unity secondary schools.
3. Most (if not all) of them do NOT give you half the value for your
hard earned money which you pay in tuition for your children.
4. Nigerian private schools are all about brands and name prestige
of how much money you’ve got, not about the child’s short and
long term intellectual and academic wellbeing, which I believe
should be the priority.
For instance, if Beyonce opens a clothing line full of low quality
rags, it would sell, and obviously be one of the most expensive
clothing lines on earth. NOT because of the quality (which might be
relatively low), but because of the brand name. The ONLY value
you get from it is the name, nothing else.
When it comes to real clothing quality, you might even find better
ones at Yaba and Onitsha markets.
The private schools seldom produce the best WAEC and JAMB
They seldom produce the most academically well grounded
students at the long or short run.
They are most likely to engage in malpractices in external
So, tell me, what the hell are you paying for?
I’m curious, and open to knowing what I don’t already know.
PS: My three siblings and I did our University education in the UK
on international tuition rates (Go find out the cost). If my parents
could afford that, they could have been able to afford the most
expensive secondary schools at the time.
So, delete that thought that I’m demonizing these schools because
I couldn’t afford them.
I have stated my arguments. It’s either you agree or state your
arguments without coming up with cheap mundane lines.