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Some of us witnessed the glory days of private schools; primary school in focus.
As expected, they were pricey but a good and healthy alternative to Govt schools. Not that Govt schools were nonexistent nor of poor standard. Far from that. They were quite vibrant and prided a long list of notable alumnae.
Whatever the gains of private primary schools(PPS) are, we have watched the rise and rise of PPS and the dwindle and drought of Govt owned schools. This rise and proliferation made it possible for parents across different economic classes to find a school within their reach,financially.
This broad financial accommodation invariably led to variations in standards.
We all know say beta soup na money kill am.
Overtime, we’ve watched as things continue to dwindle, so much so that even with good money, you’ll struggle to find good standards.
Things have gotten so bad that it seems the teachers who are left in the system are, at best, those who have invested so many years and are now at the peak of their careers and enjoying all it offers. And at worst, those who are unable to find a better employment.
On the part of the students, one can say those who have remained in these schools are children whose guardians are unwilling to send to better schools ( not that they cannot afford it) or those whose parents cannot afford to.
Well, it’s just primary education, some may say. But primary is primary. It is basic. It is almost everything. Get it wrong there, you’ll struggle all through and live with everything possibility of collapse.
I’m too lazy to dive into Secondary school education. So let’s look at tertiary education, in Nigeria.
Gradually, private schools are taking shine. Seeming like a safe alternative to existing, arguably well-functioning Govt tertiary schools.
By design, they sieve out all the factors that burden and cripple Govt institutions. Such as strikes and ever-present threats of it. Anyone with means can avoid the menace of Govt schools and hop on the smooth sail of the private ones.
When two alternatives become too divergent in value; one falling and the other rising. When the former becomes abysmal, whichever point the other clocks above becomes the better or best there is. Even if it is not good on its own.
Realistically, standard is not divergent in nature. Poor quality on one hand and a good one on the other hand is not sustainable, not for too long.
So our falling standards should worry us,even in the presence of shiny alternatives. As dense darkness makes any light shine bright, regardless of how frail it burns. But if we invest on improving our lowest standards, we’ll invariably push higher what is our highest standard.
As we continue to drag the progress of our Govt institutions, making private institutions more attractive, how long will it take before the proliferation and its resultant effect will begin.
We are getting there. After all our Govt schools were shut down for 3months recently and heaven did not fall. Those with the cash opt for foreign studies. Those less buoyant try out the private schools or the renowned Govt schools. Those who don’t categorize in any of the above mentioned are left with the Govt schools and brace up for whatever they see.Tags: education