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7 Things All Parents Should Know Before Enrolling A Child In Nigerian Schools by budiliscious(f): 3:23pm On Oct 09, 2018
7 THINGS ALL PARENTS SHOULD KNOW BEFORE ENROLLING A CHILD IN ANY PRIVATE SCHOOL IN NIGERIA

Dear Mrs Adediwura,
What does a good school mean to you? What is good for you may be terrible for others. Let me just assume that you don’t know what you actually want. Owing to several reasons, I don’t want to recommend any school here but I can assure you that if you are patient enough to read this article to the end, you will know what you want and how to get it. If you are so much in hurry now, you may have to read the last point now, then you can go through other points later. Thanks for your concern.



1. There are too many schools these days and it could be very difficult to get the right school for your child. Don’t be deceived by the flashy adverts and publicity of the schools, the business is competitive, most of them can do anything to get your attention but they lack the resources to sustain your interest and help actualize your child’s career goals. So, the first thing you need to know is that there are many schools and some of them are not approved by the government, even some that managed to get government approval did not get it meritoriously. This is Nigeria, as a school owner, with your money in hand, you can wine and dine with the guys at the top and make things happen.

2. Most private schools are set up to make money. They can go any mile to keep you as a loyal client even if it is at the detriment of your child’s essential academic goals. Please, note that some of these school owners are only after your money while only a few of them can actually give you the best value for your money. Check the way they deal with their teachers, non-academic staff and school facilities. Some schools charge exorbitant school fee but short pay or underpay teachers and other staff members while some schools unnecessarily delay payment of salary. Never enroll your children in a school where teachers are treated as private servants and parents are treated like Kings, gods or simply as money-making machines, such school owners are nothing but gold-diggers.

3. Most of the academic reports from schools these days are not true test of knowledge. Don’t be deceived by the excellent performance of the school’s students as presented to you by the school. School business is highly competitive in Nigeria; some school owners go as far as bribing their way to win national and international competitions and awards so as to boost their corporate profile. Many schools instruct their teachers not to grade their pupils below certain scores, no matter how weak the child is in the subject. They believe that the best way to retain the loyalty and patronage of the parents is to award excellent marks. Imagine how you would feel if you pay 3.5million naira as school fee per session for your child in primary school and you get a report at the end of the session that your child fails Mathematics and English Language. What meaningful excuse would the school give you to make you keep your child in the school by retaking the session? This is why some parents only realize that they have made a wrong decision about their child’s school when they fail woefully in external examinations. Majority of the big and expensive private schools in Nigeria are guilty of this one; the best way to check if your child is on the right track is to consult some education agencies and ask them to conduct a periodic independent assessment for your child. You can check online for education agencies that offer this service in Nigeria. You may send me an email or send me an SMS for an update about this service. I can link you up with some agencies that offer the service for free. Serious-minded school owners can also consult these agencies so as to check the reports presented by their teachers.

4. Don’t be deceived by the big names, good old records of the school or the fake testimonies on the school website. What really makes a school is the caliber of qualified teachers and administrative team that run the school with the appropriate structural and technical facilities. Some schools are old and big but their visionary is dead, legacy derailed and policies manipulated. Some schools may be old but useless while some are new and very relevant with a clear vision to blaze the trail among their competitors.

5. No matter how good a school is, children don’t learn at the same pace. This is as a result of several factors such as age difference, the background of the child, psychological background and access to relevant educational materials. So, don’t compare your child to his/her peers if he/she is not doing well. You may consider getting a backup. There are several cases where all it needs to get your child back to the track or keep him/her ahead of other students is to get a professional home tutor who would conduct one-on-one home lesson sessions for your child. There are many tutoring agencies that you can find online but I can recommend www.thinkfirsttutors.com.ng. They have been tested and trusted over time.

6. In most cases, there is a need to do a quick online search about the school you wish to enroll your child before making any decision. Online reviews may be the lifebuoy here. Don’t just depend on what your neighbors, colleagues or family members say about the school, they may want you in for associative purpose or for some financial benefits from referral. There are many good, bad and worse schools who call me to help recommend their schools for better patronage with attractive reward but I try as much as possible not to taint my reputation with their offers. Do your findings on the personality of the proprietor of the school, the principal, teachers and the opinions of other parents and students about the school. At times, you may be surprised to discover that the school advertised to be the best in Nigeria is run by a cruel and clueless politician without a sustainable administrative policy, having dream killers and terrorists as their academic staff, then employing rapists, pedophiles, and uncivilized men and women as teachers based on nepotism.

7. You really need to know what you want in a school and why you want it. As an experienced educationist, I have realized that several parents want their children to go to a particular school for some special reasons. Some parents want their children to go to school so as to boost their social status. Such parents don’t care about the academic strength or reputation of the school as long as the children of their colleagues, church members or business associates go to the school, they don’t even consider the high tuition fee. Other sets of parents put much emphasis on the security of the school, the structural, technical and medical facility of the school, the quality of education passed across to the students, the moral and religious foundation of the school, etc. Above all, it is advisable that you go for what works for you. I have met a mother who told me she wants her son to be a renowned professional footballer because she has observed that he has a keen interest in playing football. However, she said he doesn’t need to be excellent in school because most excellent students end up being a professor or teacher without sufficient money to live a comfortable (or what I will call luxurious) life. So her major concern is not a school with too much focus on academics but a school that embraces sports and other recreational activities.

Having read this, you really need to set some criteria that you expect in a school to make it good for you and consider the points raised above to enable you to choose wisely.

Best regards.


Advice for Private Schools in Nigeria

This article is not written to directly or indirectly castigate private schools in Nigeria but to charge us to be creative and effective in running educational business in Nigeria. There are too many schools in Nigeria today with no focus or a clear view of the future of education in Nigeria. Hence, some of the school owners see school administration as a business venture. In developed countries, school education is not a priority; Nigeria will soon get to that stage of civilization. Soon, people will start shifting focus from paper certification to what you can actually do with your brain and talent; not what your papers can do for you. I advise emerging school owners and existing schools with the eyes for the future to start working towards a Focus-Based-Educational-Institution instead of just running a school. Why can’t I set up a school that will have all its curriculum and policies channeled towards building a business mind in a child from primary to tertiary level? This can also be applicable to other sectors such as sports, arts, and sciences. Don’t get me wrong, I know there are sports academy, technical schools, business schools, colleges of education and colleges of medicine already existing; there is a need to start raising these kids to develop their passion from elementary level. More details on this will be presented in one of my subsequent articles. It is easier to build boys than to mend men.

http://edutalkonline..com/2018/09/7-things-all-parents-should-know-before.html

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Re: 7 Things All Parents Should Know Before Enrolling A Child In Nigerian Schools by Nobody: 7:33pm On Oct 09, 2018
Spot on.
Parents should remember that private shools are set up to make money. That's the fact. Not because they want to train children or have a passion for educating kids.
Parents need to open their eyes when selecting a school. Selecting a school is like buying a property. It takes wisdom.

Educating children takes conscious effort on the part of the parent. Can't leave it to schools alone.

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Re: 7 Things All Parents Should Know Before Enrolling A Child In Nigerian Schools by momodub: 7:35pm On Oct 09, 2018
Nice one

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Re: 7 Things All Parents Should Know Before Enrolling A Child In Nigerian Schools by SarcasticGenius(m): 7:35pm On Oct 09, 2018
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Re: 7 Things All Parents Should Know Before Enrolling A Child In Nigerian Schools by officialJP(m): 7:35pm On Oct 09, 2018
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Re: 7 Things All Parents Should Know Before Enrolling A Child In Nigerian Schools by Elthugnificent(m): 7:36pm On Oct 09, 2018
In Nigerian schools? Like what's their next option? Somalia?

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Re: 7 Things All Parents Should Know Before Enrolling A Child In Nigerian Schools by Bawizzo(m): 7:37pm On Oct 09, 2018
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Re: 7 Things All Parents Should Know Before Enrolling A Child In Nigerian Schools by fratermathy(m): 7:37pm On Oct 09, 2018
Great points. Many Nigerian private schools are not after quality. All they want is profit. Education should never be profit oriented. Even if you are running at a loss, it is better to solicit for funds than to think of the school as a business venture.

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Re: 7 Things All Parents Should Know Before Enrolling A Child In Nigerian Schools by SaintHilary(m): 7:37pm On Oct 09, 2018
Go back to Texas and come back wen Atiku is on sit for ur childs educational safety angry

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Re: 7 Things All Parents Should Know Before Enrolling A Child In Nigerian Schools by Onlinealaba(m): 7:39pm On Oct 09, 2018
if the govt schools are running and functional there won't be need for these hogwash private schools springing up, the worst of it is they underpay their teachers and use them to the maximum

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Re: 7 Things All Parents Should Know Before Enrolling A Child In Nigerian Schools by eleojo23: 7:39pm On Oct 09, 2018
Enroll your children in private schools with enough space and facilities that allow children to play...Not all these schools that squeeze their structures into tiny spaces. Play is also part of education.

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Re: 7 Things All Parents Should Know Before Enrolling A Child In Nigerian Schools by Horyeh(m): 7:40pm On Oct 09, 2018
only a few private school care about the result

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Re: 7 Things All Parents Should Know Before Enrolling A Child In Nigerian Schools by Zinny25(f): 7:41pm On Oct 09, 2018
Nice one
Re: 7 Things All Parents Should Know Before Enrolling A Child In Nigerian Schools by Nobody: 7:41pm On Oct 09, 2018
sad

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Re: 7 Things All Parents Should Know Before Enrolling A Child In Nigerian Schools by Nobody: 7:41pm On Oct 09, 2018
Most private schools do not give children quality education. Most hire secondary school leavers as teachers.

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Re: 7 Things All Parents Should Know Before Enrolling A Child In Nigerian Schools by divinehand2003(m): 7:42pm On Oct 09, 2018
NICE

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Re: 7 Things All Parents Should Know Before Enrolling A Child In Nigerian Schools by Stallion93(m): 7:43pm On Oct 09, 2018
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Re: 7 Things All Parents Should Know Before Enrolling A Child In Nigerian Schools by Darkseid(m): 7:44pm On Oct 09, 2018
That number two is so annoying. Though I'm not a teacher, it still hurts me when I hear about the things teachers go through in Nigeria. My cousin teaches in a school where the students pay almost 200k but her salary is about 50k, any day she goes a minute late, they'll deduct it from her salary.

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Re: 7 Things All Parents Should Know Before Enrolling A Child In Nigerian Schools by Wristler: 7:44pm On Oct 09, 2018
Interestingly, 3 common factors parents consider these days are:

sad Closeness to home or workplace for easy school runs
cool School fees and
angry Social ranking ( my child must attend the school my banker friend's child is attending)

Reality check sometimes makes you consider academic quality.. only when your child is speaking poor English in social functions. undecided undecided

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Re: 7 Things All Parents Should Know Before Enrolling A Child In Nigerian Schools by Adaowerri111: 7:47pm On Oct 09, 2018
Very Insightful

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Re: 7 Things All Parents Should Know Before Enrolling A Child In Nigerian Schools by GentleMoney: 7:50pm On Oct 09, 2018

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Re: 7 Things All Parents Should Know Before Enrolling A Child In Nigerian Schools by Nobody: 7:50pm On Oct 09, 2018
best school full for naija but Na money matters... what did you expect in paying private school fees less than 40k and you'll say u dey send children go school??
Re: 7 Things All Parents Should Know Before Enrolling A Child In Nigerian Schools by milemimi93(m): 7:50pm On Oct 09, 2018
Ok.. So where should I enroll my daughter JamaicanLove? The girl just returned from Jamaica and I want to enroll her in Nigeria school
Re: 7 Things All Parents Should Know Before Enrolling A Child In Nigerian Schools by Nobody: 7:51pm On Oct 09, 2018
Ok. Next
Re: 7 Things All Parents Should Know Before Enrolling A Child In Nigerian Schools by akwunomy(m): 7:52pm On Oct 09, 2018
I really like the post: I left California on 17th September and have been in Aba for 3 weeks now. My vision is to start my NGO whose vision is to provide quality education to Nigerian kids. I have been here 5 times the last 3 years and each time...I watch closely the public school system and i could not believe the height of neglect the system is experiencing...

I am happy to say that through Beverly Foundation...pupil from public school will have free after school tutor at our learning center and we will continue to add programs to improve the quality of education.

The government, individual and all should continue to press for education for all. It is among the things that will surely take Nigeria to the next level of development.

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Re: 7 Things All Parents Should Know Before Enrolling A Child In Nigerian Schools by Cumtroller: 7:52pm On Oct 09, 2018
Dear Op,

You forgot to add your kids might be used for rituals by diabolic afonja classteachers/schoolowners.

This is a very common occurrence in the southwestern part of Nigeria. Specifically Ogun and Ondo States.

Parents should consider the safety of their kids/wards to avoid stories that touch.

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Re: 7 Things All Parents Should Know Before Enrolling A Child In Nigerian Schools by Codebrain870964: 7:53pm On Oct 09, 2018
valid

Re: 7 Things All Parents Should Know Before Enrolling A Child In Nigerian Schools by traihit: 7:54pm On Oct 09, 2018
The list is quite good. There is one point I think is missing :
Parents should always know that they're the real teachers of their children. Most of the life skills the children learnt are usually from parents. No teacher can fill that role and they should not leave their children in the hands of the teachers thinking that the teachers will fill them with everything they need in life. Parents should create time for their children.

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Re: 7 Things All Parents Should Know Before Enrolling A Child In Nigerian Schools by Gerrard59(m): 7:54pm On Oct 09, 2018
budiliscious:


There are too many schools in Nigeria today with no focus or a clear view of the future of education in Nigeria. Hence, some of the school owners see school administration as a business venture. In developed countries, school education is not a priority; I More details on this will be presented in one of my subsequent articles. It is easier to build boys than to mend men.

http://edutalkonline..com/2018/09/7-things-all-parents-should-know-before.html

What does she mean by the bold?

Unfortunately, she didn't answer the question her follower asked.

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Re: 7 Things All Parents Should Know Before Enrolling A Child In Nigerian Schools by Hotzone(m): 7:58pm On Oct 09, 2018
Ensure it's also your responsibility to visit your lads in school and keep them under the care of a responsible teacher or head teacher

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