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Most expensive secondary schools in Nigeria

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By Nicole

Middle-class children are categorically prohibited from attending some schools.

Many individuals blame the low tuition fees paid at such institutions for the perceived reduction in educational quality in public schools. They assert that students who pay lower tuition costs would never receive the same high-quality Education as those who attend private institutions. In other words, if tuition costs remain pitifully low, no one should expect great education in public institutions. Another group, however, disagrees, claiming that good dress sense extends beyond simply wearing costly clothing.

Prof. Cyril Otoikhian, a genetics professor at Novena University in Ogume, Delta State, disagrees that expensive tuition equates to a high-quality education. He vehemently disagrees, stating that the system determines standards, not high fees. How can anyone with common sense claim that students attending public schools for free cannot receive a proper education? That is not at all the case. How much did these same individuals earn back then, and how will they assess the quality of schooling now versus then? The problem is obvious; the government doesn’t care about the people and doesn’t respond to their needs.

Expensive schools adhere strictly to the American and British curricula.

Middle class students may not enroll in several schools across the country due to the outrageous cost of tuition. The majority, if not all, of the schools in this category adhere to the American and British curricula, which are global educational standards that reflect contemporary advancements and trends in all spheres of life. The American International School Lagos is one such school. It was established in 1964 and serves children from preschool through grade 12. High school graduates from this institution receive a US high school diploma with the option of obtaining an international baccalaureate credential. More than 600 pupils attend the school, the majority of whom are Americans. Other nationalities represented include Indians, Britons, Nigerians, Canadians, South Africans, Israelis, Lebanese, and Dutch. Over 50 different nationalities are represented among the surviving pupils. Middle school tuition is $28,049, and high school tuition is $32,165 for the academic year 2022–2023.

Another school in this group is The British International School (BIS), which was founded in 2001 and is situated in Victoria Island, Lagos. BIS is an international co-ed school that accepts day and boarding students from the ages of 11 to 18. BIS, which has made a name for itself as a premier British-style educational institution with classes including no more than 20 students, is one of the costliest institutions in Nigeria. Students are prepared for the Cambridge International Examinations’ IGCSE and Advanced level courses (CIE). The average annual cost of attending school is N8.1 million for boarders and N6.1 million for day students.

Lekki British said as Nigeria’s first British boarding school established.

Lekki British International School, renowned as Nigeria’s first British boarding school, was founded in September 2000 at Lekki Phase 1 with the goal of creating a space where students can explore and realize their potential. Lekki British International School charges a yearly tuition of N6.8 million for boarders and N4.6 million for day students. Also, Grange is a non-profit, co-ed, independent day school that was founded in 1958. The school had the aim of delivering instruction in conformity with the UK English National Curriculum. It is situated in Lagos, Nigeria’s Ikeja GRA.

The primary division of Grange School has 430 boys and girls and contains 6 years of reception classes for children between the ages of 4 and 11. About 326 kids in the secondary stage, which is for children ages 7 to 11, 11 or older. For day students, the institution charges about N4.5 million, and for boarders N6.5 million. other schools in this category are De Waterman College with a tuition fee of N5.3 million per semester which is for boarding students only and Meadow Hall School, with a tuition fee of around N3.2 million for day students and 5 million for boarders per session.

Failed systems give rise to private institutions.

Nigeria is reported to have 17,000 private secondary schools and 9,500 public secondary schools. According to the data portal Statista, there are around 5.2 million students enrolled in secondary schools each year. The failure of the government to establish reliable schools serves as evidence of why private individuals and organizations have stepped forward to close the enormous education gap. The majority of them accomplish this by charging astronomical prices for schooling.


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