Top 10 Positives and Negatives of Nigerian Schools and Why People Send Their Children to Nigeria
Nigeria has much to offer the world. The nation celebrated its 61st birthday just a month ago. It has consolidated itself as a force to reckon with in local and foreign affairs in the past six decades.
Nigeria’s moniker is the “Giant of Africa” because of its population and burgeoning economy. That’s also why the World Bank has labeled it an emerging market. But there’s so much more to Nigeria that might not be too apparent on the surface.
For one, the country has bred and still breeds some truly talented and successful individuals. Abubakar Sadiq Mohammed Falalu, the owner of Falgates, a company that farms and mills rice, is a perfect example of this.
Abubakar is just 31 years old but has already been listed in Forbes’ “30 Most Promising Young Entrepreneurs in Africa (2018)”.
Oluwatobi Ajayi, another Nigerian and the co-founder of Jetvan, also made the list. Etop Ikpe, the man who founded Cars45, can also be found on the list. In fact, Nigeria had one of the highest numbers of young entrepreneurs on the entire list.
But what do these young individuals have in common? They all began their journey to success atop Nigeria’s soils. They all received their education in the country. While some may have sought education abroad, this was only much later in their lives.
Foundation is an essential aspect of education. If your child has a good foundation, the sky is the limit for them. There’s no place they won’t be able to go, confidence and assuredness defining each step they take.
Nigeria can give your child this solid foundation and excellent education as they face the world. John Dewey once said, “Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself,” and truer words have never been spoken.
There are several merits to enrolling your child in a Nigerian school, whether you’re an international student or not, and we’ve listed out some of the most important ones for you!
- Reinforced Contextual Knowledge
When it comes to studying any subject or course, Nigerian schools will teach you the theoretical know-how. With this background knowledge, you can confidently expound on subject matters in that course.
Your writing, speech, and behaviour reflect what you know and learn, a valuable tool in the globalisation process. Nigerian teachers are well-aware of this, so every Nigerian school emphasises theory first and foremost.
- Cost and Expenses
Except for private institutions like the British International School in Lagos and AUN (American University of Nigeria) in Yola, tuition in Nigerian schools and universities is affordable compared to studying abroad.
Also, the cost of living in foreign countries is higher than in Nigeria. That is why you must carefully consider the course you choose and the country where you’ll study it lest expenses bog you down.
There have been instances where Nigerian students studying abroad could pay their sophomore-year tuition but couldn’t keep up after that, forcing them to seek loans to complete their studies. As a result, they continue to pay these loans years after they have graduated.
For Nigerians, unless you come from a wealthy family or are on a scholarship, the low minimum wage in the country poses a significant hurdle for parents who want to send their children abroad.
- Ease of Admission
Gaining admission into Nigerian universities is not particularly easy, per se, but compared with other colleges abroad, securing admission in Nigeria is relatively simpler. But for entry into foreign universities, students must meet several requirements and extracurriculars that are expensive. As a result, the application process can be long and stressful too.
Conversely, the Nigerian system requires just the O-Level, UTME, and Post-UTME results. The system offers more flexibility through exams like Joint University Preliminary Education Board (JUPEB), Interim Joint Matriculation Board (IJMB), and Cambridge A-Level. Prospective undergraduates can exploit this if their UTME or Post-UTME doesn’t turn out well.
When students study abroad, they will be far from home, far from familiar localities and terrains; this is something that many people overlook.
Nigerian students will encounter a new way of life, habits, people, different weather, and different economy. There will even be linguistic and cultural limitations.
Dealing with any of these situations may be quite a challenge. You can succumb to these difficulties if you don’t have the mental fortitude to buffer against them.
- Language Barrier
Following acceptance into specific foreign colleges, international students must complete a one-year language course to acquaint themselves with the country’s native language. The simple reason is that they’ll be taught in that language.
Students subjected to this are likely to perform somewhat lower than their peers due to the language barrier.
In Nigeria, this is nonexistent. Yes, the country has over 371 tribes, and over 527 native languages are spoken. But regardless of which part of the country your schooling in, you’ll be taught in English. So that’s a plus for both local and international students.
- The Difficulties of Post-Graduate Plans
If you’re a Nigerian student studying abroad, you may find yourself indecisive about your academic future after completing your education. You begin to wonder whether you should return to Nigeria in search of jobs or whether to try your luck in the country where you studied.
If you opt to stay in the country where you completed your studies, keep in mind that you will have to deal with residence and job criteria or requirements because you are no longer a full-time student.
Studying in Nigeria familiarises you with the country’s status as an emerging power. It gives you the tools necessary to play your part in changing its status quo.
You begin to consider ways to improve on the numerous hurdles you’ve experienced and become more inventive. What you learn will imbibe you with everything you need to make a positive change for yourself and the people around you.
Having explored why you should study in Nigeria, below are some of the shortcomings of the country’s educational system.
- Dearth of Infrastructures
Due to poor infrastructure, some institutions in Nigeria have collapsed over time. They cannot provide the same quality as students studying overseas, but this is limited to particular institutions only.
- Inadequate Funding
This is another issue marring the educational sector in Nigeria. Inadequate funding lies at the root of most of the country’s problems, and the educational sector is not excluded.
Education in Nigeria is underfunded at all levels of government; private institutions are free of this, of course.
Some Nigerian universities suffer strikes, but students are the ones who suffer the most when these universities go on strike since academic activities are halted. Their academic year is thus extended.
On a final note, studying in Nigeria involves little to no stress. And in recent years, fewer universities have been affected by the issues plaguing the nation’s institutions.
Whatever your choose to do, we always want the best for you and your child. But remember to consider the factors mentioned above before making a choice.