#Opinion: Are expensive schools synonymous to good education?

#Opinion: Are expensive schools synonymous to good education?

Mfonobong Akpan

Why would anyone think that an expensive school is synonymous to good education?

You hear parents brag about how expensive their children’s fees are, how prestigious the  school is. I’m not saying its a bad thing, but if you cannot afford it, why bother! Mediocrity might be the norm today but the quality of education offered at this so called international schools should be of paramount importance.

My uncle almost ran into debt, sending his son from Port Hacourt to Lagos, paying school fees worth almost 1.5 million, but the boy spent his leisure time, playing snooker, swimming or watching television, all these provided by the school to make life easier for the kids. At the end of the term, the kid comes home with C’s and D’s.

Let’s face it, you need to consider the IQ and capabilities of your child, how quickly he/she assimilates what is being taught, how easily they get distracted and how much extra attention and level of discipline they might need in school. We should know our kids well enough to know if sending them with a school where there are lots of recreational distractions would improve or cause a decline in their performance.

I love private schools, I mean look at the caliber of people my children could frolic with. The high and mighty…..! but if this will mean my kids will graduate dumb, then I’ll pass.

We need to decipher what’s important and what’s not, but we need to put our children’s needs first.

The other side to the issue is that if you can’t afford to send you child to a ‘prestigious’ school, don’t go running into debt to do so. There is this man who sends his kids to one, but the thing is, he doesn’t have the money to fund it. He has no idea where the next fees would come from and doesn’t want to pull these kids from there.

It makes no sense. Isn’t it wiser to live within your means and still give your kids the best? Who said a school that costs less can’t provide good education and opportunities for your child?

So rather than run your family to the ground, why not explore other feasible options until you can comfortably afford your dreams, then Sir, you could go ahead and indulge!

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