Private School Fees: What do You Get for Your Money

Parents want the best for their children, and for some of them, that means sending their kids to private school. There are many reasons why some families make the switch to private schools. For example, maybe they don’t like the school system in the area where they live or think a better education will be found outside of their local public school system.

Public schools in Nigeria vary in their rank and opportunities for students depending on where the school is located. Because of the imbalance in good and not-so-great public schools, some parents are dropping thousands or tens of thousands of naira per year on private education for their children.

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With a debate raging around the country over the value of a college degree, coupled with the incessant delays caused by ASUU, parents are left wondering if private school for their elementary or high school-bound children is worth it as well. After all, the attraction of a private school is often the education and opportunity to get into a prestigious university presented to its students. But if spending thousands of naira on the university after years of paying thousands of naira in private school results in an unemployed young adult, is it worth it?

Spending that amount for a private school education should be a great investment you shouldn’t miss out on your kids. And if you are wondering what it is you stand to gain, then you should read the rest of this article.

A School with the Best Grade

As an encyclopedia of more than 4,000 private schools (primary and secondary) in Nigeria, we can boldly tell you that your child will reach his potential better in a private school setting. One major factor that promotes this is the small student-to-teacher ratio. This allows the teacher to cater to the individual need of every student in the classroom. You then rest assured that your child is getting the value of what you are paying for.

A Private School’s Facilities and Setting

Excellent school for parents looking for a top British school in Nigeria. Academically it’s Comparable to any of the top British public schools. Great facilities and pastoral care are also top-notch. Students not only leave the school with a good sound British education but confident and well rounded,” a parents review of Lagos Preparatory School, Ikoyi. As for facilities, private schools are known to have top-notch classrooms, outstanding laboratories, home away from home boarding rooms, and state-of-the-art extra-curricular facilities like a pool, football pitch, basketball court, and the likes – all this comes at a cost.

All these do not necessarily guarantee better education, but they can inspire, broaden horizons, offer more opportunities, and are often accompanied by professionals in each field and subject.

Pastoral Care

Pastoral care is the provision a school makes to ensure the physical and emotional welfare of pupils. All parents want their children to be safe and happy at school, pastoral care goes beyond this. Research has revealed that education and health are linked, and pupils with better health and well-being are likely to achieve better academically. Of the reviews we get on our platform, the majority of them are about how schools provide holistic education that caters to both the academic, extra-curricular, social, and emotional needs of a child. Even the cheaper private schools are able to provide such.

Most parents choose private schools for the all-around experience they provide. These schools are able to channel resources into helping students pursue dreams in non-academic aspects like sport, acting, music, public speaking, and traveling. And generally speaking, this is an area where the greater the quantity, quality, the more you pay.


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