If education is expensive, try ignorance, people say. Because of this saying, many Nigerians strive to ensure that their wards are educated. Many private schools in Nigeria now bill fortunes as fees. The Nigerian Tribune conducted an opinion poll, asking Nigerians if the current high cost of education is worth it. Respondents commented on our Facebook page. DOYIN ADEOYE brings the excerpts.
Akorede Shakir: The high cost of education in Nigeria is one of the factors of retrogression that has impoverished this country. It had, and would continue to retard it form meeting up with global development. The high cost has successfully made quality education unaffordable to the poor people in this country. And since the poor people make up higher percentage of the country’s population, then it is easy to deduce the future of this nation.
Ewatomi Saheed: The cost of education, especially by private owned institutions, is just too high and unfortunately there is nothing standard to show for it.
Sunny Sos Godson: The blame should be on the negligence of the government. Back then, public schools used to be the best, unfortunately, not any more. Even the so called missionary schools nowadays, are the most expensive.
Olanrewaju Ayejuyo: I think it is high time individuals were stopped from establishing private schools. The standard of education in this country since the inception of private schools is nothing to write home about. The objective of most of these private owners is only to make money. The most disappointing is the impact of our religious leaders, as they are not helping matters either. Instead of promoting the Kingdom of God through free education, they would rather make life difficult for the poor masses, through the skyrocketing cost of education. The only solution to this problem is that the government makes a price control policy that would put an end to the exorbitant charges.
Comrade Immunity: It is simply abnormal as there is no justification for the high fees. The infrastructures are nothing to write home about compared to the ridiculous prices. The problem starts from the government, which has refused to fund education, despite UNESCO’s recommendation that 26 per cent of the budget should allocated to education. Education in Nigeria is no more for the poor, rather for those who can purchase it. As a matter of necessity, the government needs to intervene in the fast selling education business.
Rafiat Mustapha: The rate at which schools demand for money is alarming. The amount paid in some primary private schools in Nigeria is enough to see another individual through his or her education in public schools, up to the university level. Though some Nigerians can afford to send their wards to this school or abroad, but I still think there should be an organisation that would regulate school fees paid in Nigerian schools.
Omuiyadun Hammed: From all indications, it is clear that the future of our nation is at stake because of the nonchalant attitude of the federal government to the yearning of the youths on the need to strengthen the education sector, which is a major means of developing the nation.
Clement Sunday: It is quite unfortunate that education is quite expensive in Nigeria. Education should be cheap if not free.
Lukman Salau Isaac: High cost of education in Nigeria has paved way for crime in the nation. It is high time the government looked into it.
Adeosun Williams: I see it as perpetual wickedness if we pay so much to get educated and yet Nigeria cannot stand amidst the top 20 in the world.
Then there is no need to pay a fortune to get educated. I would say Nigerians, most especially the private schools owners, should be considerate.
Femi Haastrup: The high cost of education in Nigeria is not worth it, especially in a country where there is no guarantee of securing a job after spending millions to get through school.
Moyosore Okunariwo: It is not worth it, why pay millions to educate potential jobless graduates?
Lawal Adekunle Johnson: It is outrageous. Even if try as much as possible to get yourself through school, securing a good job for yourself could be difficult.
Ojo Oluwabukola: There should be equal rights when it comes to education. The masses must enjoy the so called free education and Nigerians demand that the leaders serve us right. One cannot but ask what would become of these semi-literate generations, as a result of the high cost of education.
Da Boss Lakeside: The major blame is on the leaders. Cost of education in Nigeria increases like that of every other amenity.
Motunrahayour Rasheed Lateephat: The leaders have a lot to do to correct the high cost of education in Nigeria.
Jamiu Saheed Opeyemi: The blame is on our government due to their negligence to the education sector. Schooling is now only made available to children born with silver spoons unlike how it was in the past. Hardly would one find a product of schools in the past that would not be able to defend his or her chosen career. It is so unfortunate that corruption has eaten deep into this country.
Ogedengbe Muhammed Sikiru: The Federal Government is making things difficult for the masses especially by the recent scrapping of JAMB and NECO. Also the dichotomy between HND and Bsc has also contributed to stagnated economy.
Ademola Segun Adesoji: People blame the government while the government is trying its best. The problem lies with private owners, it was rumored that a private university recently increased its tuition fee per session to N2 million. How much would they earn when they get a job, definitely, no poor man can afford that. The federal government should also reduce school fees in all government schools.
Ahmed Medlat Olatidoye: A country that aims at development at all levels cannot do without education. However, more than 70 per cent of Nigerians are either illiterates or semi-literates and the government, especially at the state levels is not helping matters. The state owned institutions are now expecting parents to pay through their noses to give their children education, not to talk of the private schools. The consequence of this is a poverty prone country like ours and a manifest of this problem is that of security issues among others.
Olajolo Samuel: The less privileged can hardly afford to send their wards to schools. The government seems to be acting only in favour of the rich, while the down trodden were less considered.