Sub-standard and expensive education
Getting proper education anywhere in the world is pretty expensive. I did a lot of research when I was trying to get my information together so I could run a master's abroad. All the best schools with the highest reputation were the costliest.
It's no different in Nigeria. Ever the best pre-schools have jaw breaking tuition. Makes you wonder what exactly they'll teach your kid that you can't just do at home in a much more controlled and safer environment.
For a while now I've been having a problem with my nephew's school. He's a smart kid, however, he tends to always get distracted by things and is slow with his writing and comprehension.
I hardly find the time to do his homework with him but when I do, I push him through repetition. I make him do things over and over and over again until it sticks.
He hates writing so I make him write consistently and I try to teach him how to make writing easier and flow properly. It's a lot of work and his books get quite filthy coz I make him erase as many times as he needs to until he gets it right.
On other days when I can't help him, I instruct the help on what to do but not everyone has the same kind of patience so she doesn't always get it right.
I realised that his teachers in school don't have as much patience with him even though we pay for private lessons. I gathered that he spends those hours playing and most times when they go pick him up from school the teacher is nowhere to be found.
He came home yesterday with a lot of homework after closing really late so I had to ask a lot of questions because so much didn't make sense.
Schools are expensive. They pay over $250 for each of these boys every 3 months and in these parts, that's a lot of money. The least you'd expect is adequate attention from the teacher.
My mom complains that we could get better for him at a cheaper school but I beg to differ. Things aren't like they were when I was a child. My parents paid the recurrent equivalent of $1 every 3 months as tuition and I got the best education.
Now, the cheap schools can't afford to pay their teachers so the kids receive substandard, half-hearted education, while the public schools have teachers that just hate their students so they refuse to teach properly.
You'd think it ends with primary and secondary schools but the universities have become worse. Before Government-run universities were attended by both the rich and the poor, but now they're just for the poor because the government doesn't care enough.
I believe that if a service is more expensive than others, it should be a lot better. I have to feel the impact of that difference I'm paying.
When I moved from a cheap school to an expensive school when I was in my teens, I felt the difference so strongly that I had no other option than to do incredibly well in school.
I don't know what the future holds for my nephews but I do know that their foundation needs as much torturing as it can get and I'll probably need to do a little more work to help coz I'm the very cool aunt.
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It is so hard getting the right school for kids, cheap or expensive if the teachers are incompetents it doesn’t matter...
That is why i support after school essons or weekend lessons for children not doing so well with school work, it may be extra cost but its the best way to monitor both the teacher and student and see how he responds so you can determine if its the schools fault or the childs...
Most times its always the school/teacher who gives more attention to some kids over the other
Because of the favour they get from their parent.
I have witnessed this first hand and it is really sad
That's so bad. I once raised this issue with my wife and I told her that spending a huge sum of money in specific school won't guarantee our children best education. This country is in mess and I can see that happening everywhere. What is the essence of spending big and you don't see any difference in what you do.
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Hey, youre a wonderful aunt helping them and caring for their education :-) this is both very important for the kids: good teachers but also a family staying together and caring for each other :-)
Sadness, ony sadness, is what you make me feel
Sad state of affairs, probably not just there, things are evolving all over the world, some are getting better, some worse.
Education continues to be the key to success, so add a little nuture to the torture, you seem quite capable.
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