The Private Schools Scam in Nigeria

Story by Ekenyerengozi Michael Chima/Nigeriafilms.com
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Last Updated:Thursday, April 5, 2012

The systemic collapse of Nigerian education is no longer news, but from being bad, it is now becoming worse with the recurrent rampant cases of examination malpractices reported at all levels.

The prevailing culture of impunity of the corrupt ruling class is now exhibited by majority of Nigerian children in secondary and tertiary institutions with mass failures recorded in the prerequisite examinations. The most shocking were the last results of the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations (UTME) of 2012. Only 3 candidates of the total 1, 503, 931 who sat for the UTME scored 300 and above! So, the remaining 1, 503, 928 scored less than 300!

The question is why did the students from the so called elitist private schools where prohibitive fees are paid fail to score up to 300?

What happened to their so called world class standards and first class tutors?

Why did they fail to excel and prove that they are better than the public schools?

So, why should these private schools be charging hundred of thousands to even one million naira as annual school fees when they cannot guarantee the success of their students?

Why should parents spend a million naira on the secondary school fees of their child and the child fails to pass the ordinary matriculation examinations in Nigeria?

Therefore they have been ripped off by these private schools. What an open scam?

The fact is these private schools have failed woefully to produce brilliant students and scholars, because majority of their teachers are not certified and qualified to teach!

Instead of producing brilliant whiz kids of scholarship, these dubious private schools are producing whiz kids of hip hop and pornography.

Nigerian students sit for an exam.

These private schools cannot afford world class teachers who are not even available in Nigeria, because the local colleges of education have also collapsed and cannot produce good teachers for Nigerian pupils and students.

Majority of the students in the colleges of education were those who failed to gain admission into the polytechnics and universities and their last resort was to go the colleges of education. Moreover, most of them cheated to pass their secondary school certificate examinations before they could gain admission into the colleges of education.

Now these students driven by desperation and frustration into the colleges of education would later graduate and get employed by majority of the private schools to teach innocent children of ignorant parents who are hoodwinked and swindled by the proprietors of the private schools to pay exorbitant school fees for what they think is world class secondary school education by operators of private schools who have lied and tricked them by fishing in the troubled waters of the systemic collapse of modern education in Nigeria.

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standard of education falling
dupe
4/4/2012 1:36:55 PM
WHO IS TO BLAIM CONTINUES BEING MY QUESTION? GOVERNMENT, TEACHERS,PARENTS,OR STUDENTS?
The children should be blame for the failure not the government, though the government have their own blame, but all this children don't want to study no more but want to be among the big boys and girls in school all sort of life things in their mind all they know is Facebook e.t.c,
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worse scenerio yet to come
Senior
4/4/2012 11:14:48 PM
Unless there is a complete overhaul of the education system,we are destined for the worst.govt needs to re-package the educ system of the country as priority and stop wasting money in useless ventures like pimping the police wd new uniforms among the many. teaches have to be motivated greatly and strict standards must be set. there is need to check the mushrooming private schools as these are purely business oriented with no educ morals at all. there is need for govt to assure the popn that it is only thru educ that some one will be assured of a decent civil office otherwise as long as one has technical know who,you need no educ to get a job. Nigeria,wake up the future for our children is doomed.
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E don tey...
na me
4/5/2012 10:12:46 AM
This education decay has been in the works for some time now. Anyone remember JAMB of 1996 (or was it 1995)?, when most people who sat for the exam got a score of less than 200. And if you had above 200, like 202, you were the IT.
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Correction
na me
4/5/2012 10:16:49 AM
Sorry, I meant JAMB of 1992.
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naija i d hail oh.
idije
4/4/2012 1:42:00 PM
na black berry an fazebook no let them read well,dem de more often to chartin than readin their books,i wonder were we goin wit dis.
Boys n gurls of now adays r no longer interested in reading. 24 hrs facebook, high class fashion and p**nography is now d or
der of d day for most of them. As u lay ur bed.................................

nawa oo! Chaii too poor.
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Poor performance
lovett
4/4/2012 1:47:36 PM
The result shows the decaying level of education in Naija...something should be done aout our Educational system now. even the 3 candidates that scored 300 and above, are they sure of gaining the admission?
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twitter generation
Baba Agba
4/4/2012 1:54:39 PM
When they write ur instead of your... Quit FACCEBOOK and FACE your BOOK
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NIGERIA IS ON HER KNEES!
CORRUPTION AND POLITICS
4/4/2012 11:25:08 PM
THE DECAY IS QUITE APPARENT EVEN FROM THE ENTRIES FOR THIS ARTICLE - 4 ENTRIES ONLY!... IF THE SUBJECT MATTER IS p**nOGRAPHY, OR FASHION OR CELEBRITIES, THE ENTRIES WOULD HAVE BEEN OVER 100!

WE ARE DEFINITELY IN TROUBLE!

BESIDES, HOW DO YOU EXPECT A CHILD WHO KNOWS HER FATHER IS A CORRUPT POLITICAL CRIMINAL {AND ALSO KNOWS HER MOTHERS BOYFRIENDS} TO BE SERIOUS WITH HIS EDUCATION?

DISHONESTY AND UNSERIOUSNESS IS HIS LOT... SAME APPLIES TO MANY NIGERIAN YOUTH WHO HAVE SEEN POLITICAL CRIMINALS GET AWAY WITH NOT WORKING FOR THE WEALTH THEY AMASS -- THEY WILL BE INFECTED WITH THE IDEA THAT WORKING HARD IS FOR f**lS...

THAT ALL THEY NEED IS TO GET INTO POLITICS, AND IN A FEW MONTHS, THEY WILL BE MILLIONAIRES.


AND IF THE WORST COMES TO THE WORST, THEY CAN TRY OUT NIGERIAN IDOL... OR GET A SUGAR DADDY!! [that is the girls...and believe it or not... also the boys]

THANK GOD I AM IN ENGLAND! I AM AFRAID OF WHAT NIGERIA HAS BECOME!
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NOT TRUE
looking seeing
4/5/2012 6:27:36 AM
dearest friend. i shudder to think you imagine you have found sound refuge in England of all places to raise children. Maybe when your boy comes to you at 15 and tells you he's gay you will find your compass.
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Government
Promise
4/5/2012 12:12:53 AM
The governmet are to be blame, cos they r de course of all dis corruption.
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Nollywood star or music artist
Tonto
4/5/2012 2:11:59 AM
They all want to be Nollywood star or musician and they will do anything to get there. They want to be popular, seen everwhere and flauntig their assets. They all want easy life, since there is no guarantee of getting a job after graduating. God know the sort of youth Nigeria will raise in years to come. Teachers can no longer discipline some of these kids because of their wealthy parents. The teachers in the government schools are being owed their salaries and everybody is going into trading. what do we expect?
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really pathetic
WAJEY
4/5/2012 2:18:28 AM
Are the questions hard? Or our youth are not reading again. teachers are not willing to teach, students are not willing to learn , parents are not willing to advise their children, government are not willing to provide and improve learning environment but willing to employ dumb ass teacher (drop outs with Godfathers connections)

The result be this FAILURE.
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Everything is failing inNiger
Biola
4/5/2012 2:22:46 AM
Nigeria is finished. What do you expect when our current leaders can not construct simple sentence without a problem? Now the youths believe that they can become President's wives, member of congress without going to school. A country that can not educate its youth is heading for doom.
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IT IS OVER
emoni
4/5/2012 4:27:39 AM
AS FAR AS EDUCATION IN NIGERIA IS CONCERNED IT IS DEAD BOTH PRIVATE SCHOOLS AND PUBLIC SCHOOLS AND ITS THE GOVERNMENTS FAULT BECAUSE THEY REFUSED TO SPEND MONEY ON EDUCATION AND THAT IS WHY MY CHILDREN WILL NOT GO TO SCHOOL IN NIGERIA.AND AM WORKING TOWARDS THAT
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Massive Failures?
JJD
4/5/2012 6:27:09 AM
Such massive failures cannot be attributed to lack of knowledge but for the failure of the Tutors to adhere to silabus.
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Elebute(In Denial).
Taiwo Idowu NY
4/5/2012 6:27:18 AM
As you can see that nothing works in Nigeria even educational system.You sit thyere glorifying your thieves leaders who fails to delever on everything to their citizens.This is private school.can you imagine public schools?.Fraud is evrywhere even in school.All these problems are the fault of the visionless goverment who sole purpose is to loot the treasury,citizen be damned.Is this the country you want me to come and invest my hard earn money?.I dont think so.Corruption is so rampant like a cancer and is eating up almost every one in Naija.(No trust).Your rouge Governor Fashola spent all that money N2B on an(Ole)ex governor Tinubu birthday. What did the state have to do with an ex Governor birthday?.You did not condem the wasteful spending right?.The money should have been put towards education for the masses.These corrupt leaders have destroy a great country that i left with good intentions to return to.The country is moving backward because the leaders want it that way.(Olanreyin not Olanrewaju)).No beef with the country,but the leaders are the most corrupt in the World.I hope they all die a painful death including their children,grand children,greatgrandchildren and anyone who partake in their loots.Elebute,pls go and read the Editorial in Sahara Reportersby Wale Mogaji dated 03/28/12.Great country,bad leadership.
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bayo
private schools
4/5/2012 6:55:14 AM
when missionary schools existed in nigeria, education was so interesting.We had scholars. The problem of nigerian educational system is private schools. private schools should be abolished to pave way for public schools and public school should be runned by the missionaries as it was of old. The issue of recolonisation should be left aside.
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Everyone is 2 blame
Tomi
4/7/2012 3:44:11 PM
Our educational system is in shambles no doubt. Nd I blame evry1 4 dis. D parents who just want dia children 2 pas @ al cost,dey register dem in special centas wher 'expo' ll flow,dey wnt dia kids 2 graduat @ a certain age.D children on dia own part r nt ready 2 read,dey just wnt 2 pas & mov on wt or wtout d support of parent dey get help.lets nt 4 get d corrupt external invigilators who charge d school or students & allow dem bring in all sort of material 2 aid exam malpractice. Do we talk about school owners? D Govt? D list is endless. Little wonder our certificates r mere papers & our graduates unemployable.
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our system
Concerned Nigerian
4/17/2012 2:26:08 PM
let government stop playin politics with education
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igHWvUiZKO
Auralie
5/1/2012 8:42:03 PM
The first thing I would recommend is to do reesrach on all the schools you are considering. What are their students test scores like? Is the school rated by the state? What kind of special programs do they have to best meet a variety of needs? Gifted and Talented? Dyslexia? Accelerated Reading? Most private schools have an Open House for the public. Go,ask questions and get a tour.Next ask parents with children who have kids at those schools what their experience is like. Check with the kids too if you can.You mentioned saving $$ during elementary school. But if the public school is several grades behind in what the kids are learning, he may not be able to catch up enough to get into a private high school. Or you may have to spend money on private tutoring to get him up to speed. But if the public school has a good gifted program, the gap may be filled. It wouldn't hurt to set up a speak with the admissions person at the private high school you might eventually hope to enroll him in. Ask them what percentage of their students come from public and private schools. Find out the expectations for incoming students. I'm sure they'd be happy to advise you.Until your child actually starts school, it can be hard to tell what will be the best fit.Be ready with Plan B.One of my sons went to a private school for K-12. The other started out in the same school but we found it wasn't working for him. So we switched him to a public school with a gifted and talented program. When it was time for high school, he was ready to go to the all boys private school that his brother attended. It turned out to be a great fit for both of them for totally different reasons.Do the reesrach, make a choice,but remain flexible. The best school for a child is where he can be happy learning. +13Was this answer helpful?
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hi
Ananymous
5/4/2013 3:13:34 AM
I write to report a particular school called Savannah Institute of Technology located at 35 afikpo road in Ebonyi State Abakaliki. They have been operation for years, collecting money and wasting the time of this young youth they called their students. They make them understand they offer
all courses just as real university do and also tell a hell of lies that they have all been accredited. Now most of the graduated student who ran a 2yr program and received their certificate as National Diploma holders went on to seek admission but to their greatest
surprise they where disappointed. This made the result/certificate they received from the school useless and all the time they spent there was a waste. Please I call out to EFCC to come and rectify this problem because this school is still in operation and they are still deceiving young boys and girls just the way they just have done to a large number of the students who probably don't know how to retaliate or expose this people. I don't think I want to be known or captured by this school who I am sure can also work on taking away the life of anybody who brings out their evil did to the light. Thank you
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hi
Ananymous
5/4/2013 3:21:12 AM
I write to report a particular school called Savannah Institute of Technology located at 35 afikpo road in Ebonyi State Abakaliki. They have been in operation for years, collecting money and wasting the time of this young youth they called their students. They make them understand they offer
all courses just as real university do and also tell a hell of lies that they have all been accredited. Now most of the graduated student who ran a 2yr program and received their certificate as National Diploma holders went on to seek admission but to their greatest
surprise they where disappointed. This made the result/certificate they received from the school useless and all the time they spent there was a waste. Please I call out to EFCC to come and rectify this problem because this school is still in operation and they are still deceiving young boys and girls just the way they just have done to a large number of the students who probably don't know how to retaliate or expose this people. I don't think I want to be known or captured by this school who I am sure can also work on taking away the life of anybody who brings out their evil did to the light. Thank you
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