There is no reason to pretend that Maths is easy. Maths is a language with a unique vocabulary, written sometimes with a dizzying array of often incomprehensible symbols. No matter how simple it may be, solving Maths can also be a challenge for quite a number of persons. Not all students are gifted mathematicians. And even those who are may have forgotten some of the topics earlier covered. To be candid Maths requires a lot of effort and hard work and consumes a lot of energy and cognitive power. Maths is not easy to be friendly with until most of the anxiety and fears are removed as being proposed by us through our books.

Unfortunately, our system of Maths education is a kind of an unwished nightmare to many students. Everyone knows something is wrong. The National Assembly announces, “We need higher standards.” The public schools say, “We need more teachers and teaching aids.” Educators say one thing, and teachers say another. They are all wrong. The only people who understand what is going on are the ones most often blamed and least often heard: the students. They say, “Maths classes do not inspire us,” – and they are right!

Our books attempt to answer these questions as well as inspire the students involved. But they are not the usual run of the mill textbooks on Maths listed by topics and divided into unending chapters of punishment. Each book is divided into four broad sections for easy understanding. The theoretical and practical contents are short enough to educate students, teachers or parents. To do this the books avoid turning each chapter and page into fearful mountains which students must climb.They are reader-friendly and are unlike many Maths textbooks which make students anxious and fearful. They are like writing novels or literature in place of Maths problems. These compilations from various authors and our internal resources constitute an attempt to remove a common nightmare and portray Maths in a more realistic and friendlier manner. They also set out to show how WAEC has been helping students to improve their performances in Maths over the years.

Learning Maths not only requires strong fundamentals but also a lot of practice, and making mistakes is part of that process. Making errors in Math is a good thing, and can help the students to learn and explore Maths in a better way. However, repeating same mistakes again and again over an extended period will not benefit the students and will be harmful to their confidence. One of the major reasons for preparing these books is to help in minimizing such unnecessary errors

For Maths, no single text can make all the difference needed by students. They need far more help than what their recommended books or classroom teachers can give them. Nevertheless, we feel that readable handbooks like ours, arranged appropriately to motivate them towards having a friendlier relationship with Maths would be a partial solution to removing their anxiety, fears and sometimes ignorance about the subject.

Are you a Maths student or Maths tutor? If you are, then these books are for you They are part of our 40-year old Maths toolbox and should therefore be great and unique gift items for your students, your teachers and parents too. Though written principally as references for students and for anyone with interest in secondary school Maths they are also intended to assist Maths tutors and parents in their quest to make Maths softer and friendlier to students. As a matter of fact, students, teachers, businesspeople, accountants, bank tellers, check-out clerks — anyone who uses numbers and wishes to increase his or her speed and arithmetical agility, can benefit from the clear, easy-to-follow techniques detailed in both books

Go on and open the books. Only then can you understand how and why some students who used to be terrorized by Maths became teachers of the subject they once loved to hate.

Good luck



1. The potential to transform lives – ask any teacher who has helped a student in any number of ways, from academic to welfare and emotional learning, and they will tell you that life is not only good, but amazing.

2. It gives you the chance to be continuously creative – of course there are increasing levels of accountability in teaching, but teachers are allowed to be creative in every lesson. Even in observations, in fact most of all in observations, lessons are encouraged to be creative and interesting to engage the students. Teachers have so many opportunities to try new ideas, and indulge in iterative process to ensure the optimum learning environment is created.

3. It offers you a chance to continuously get better – teachers are not only encouraged to seek continuous professional development, but can ask for observation on a regular basis, to provide opportunities to grow and learn from masters or more experienced practitioners. In so few professions is there such support, and considering that as a minimum, contracts are for a year, teachers have so much time to demonstrate improvement. A growth mindset is part of the foundation of teaching.

4. It is a grounding, humbling profession – the amount of work teachers do compared to remuneration is shockingly disproportionate, in 2 senses: firstly, in terms of how many paid vs non paid hours of work they receive, and secondly, in relation to other similarly creative and important (and not so important) vocations in our society. But that is not why teachers teach. So few teachers go into the vocation for the salary – it’s a calling before anything else.

5. There is always satisfaction somewhere – teaching is a calling, and no one enters it without his or her inner voice telling him or her that. Of course there are always some imposters, but the massive majority have their hearts in the right place. How cool is that for the students?

Having said that, teaching can be and is incredibly demanding, and often we can lose sight of that calling, bogged down in aspects of the profession that don’t seem to be connected to it. But on closer inspection, most of the extra demands are actually central to the job itself: explaining to parents where you are coming from; being observed; collaborating with others; marking.

Take this last aspect, crucial to understanding whether students are learning what you believe you are teaching. Yes, it is very time consuming, but perhaps one of the most important and fundamental weapons in a teacher’s arsenal; any good school will understand this and the other cited demands, and create an environment where they become part of directed time.

It is when these aspects are not acknowledged in directed time that the conditions for burnout are rife.

6. It’s a chance to truly to lead the world in the 21st century – introducing students to new technologies and ways of presenting, curating, and collaborating with others with what they know is truly exciting and truly invigorating. Modern teachers are actually pioneering pedagogy, and can and will be able to hold their heads up high in the future when we look back and see how learning in this day and age took a radical but enormously beneficial turn for the better.

Engaging students in greater collaboration, and instilling initiative in curation and the promotion of information leads to truly independent learning, and setting up such learning environments is an opportunity that all teachers now have before them. There are few more gratifying feelings that being needed.

7. The children.

By Paul Moss

Source: Why Teaching Is The Best Job In The World


The registered active student population of the National Open University of Nigeria, NOUN, has hit 254,000, its vice- chancellor, Abdalla Adamu, disclosed.

Mr. Adamu told the Economic Confidential magazine in Abuja that the number is distributed across the 77 study centres scattered all over the country touching all the states, local government areas and the six geopolitical zones.

“I can confidently confirm to you that the total registered active student population is now 254,000 scattered across the 77 study centres in the country”, Mr. Adamu said.

The NOUN boss also said that having the 77 study centres means that some states have more than one or two study centres depending on demand, adding that Abuja has about 8 centres.

He further stated that “some organisations come to us and ask for study centres and we call them specialised centres, notably Police, Immigration and the Nigerian Prison Service, while some states have community study centres.

He, however, noted that at the inception of the Open University, there were misgivings and mistrust about the institution, as many people did not look at it as credible and worthy. He said the pressure of students getting admission to conventional universities was increasing by the day as almost one million students want to gain admission into universities yearly through Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB.

He emphasised that the influx has become so enormous that the state study centres can no more cope with the population, which gave rise to requests for community study centres by some states and these requests were mostly from the southern parts of the country.

Meanwhile, the university authority has sacked the two companies manning the Information Technology (IT) infrastructure and replaced them with an in-house team of IT experts, thereby saving the institution about 80 per cent revenue that had earlier been lost to NOUN.

“Well as for how much I have saved for doing away with consultants, I would not tell you that because that is our secret. When I took over, I saw that the entire Information Technology infrastructure were outsourced to two companies. One was called Cyberspace and the other called Emerging Platforms.”

“They were the ones running the entire system. As an ICT person myself because I spent about 15 years teaching System Analysis at Masters Degree level in Bayero University, Kano. Now how can I have a department of Computer Science, and the Dean of that department was the immediate Vice-President of Nigerian Computer Society, a professor of Robotics and other talents in ICT in these university, and yet still outsource all these to another agency, I said no it cannot happen!

“So the first thing I did was to look at the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between us and the two organisations. Of course they paid us the usual courtesy call so that they can remain relevant. We sat down and looked at the MOU and found out that in one of them the MOU stipulates 70 per cent profit and the other 85 percent of the revenue as profit because they provide all the skills, technology including examinations portal. I said this is not acceptable”.

“So we assembled a team and asked ourselves whether we can do this. So they said they can. Then I said go and design it and we decided to shut out the two companies and all kinds of legal battles started, stating that they have signed the contract for five years and cannot be terminated”.

“I told them that within the MOU we can give each other one month notice to terminate such contracts and so I have the powers to do so. You can imagine when the students pay this money, one company gets 70 percent of such payments and the other gets 85 percent! I said that has stopped, and any money coming to us would now be ours henceforth”.

He stressed that the revenue flow was able to provide needs of the study centres and train them at conferences to increase their efficiency, adding that the money is also used in paying for those writing course materials for the university.

We are contented because we do not request government to provide such monies, the professor said.

He said because of funds “being generated through the payment of tuition by students, the institution is now able to push out quality materials for students and also planning to shoot this into tablets, so that we have what we call “I-NOUN”.

“So this I-NOUN will be a complete package of courses. So we cut out these outsources and created our own services and it is working. The key to sustainability in any Open Distance Learning (ODL) is independence.

Source: Student population in Nigerian Open University hits 254,000 – Premium Times Nigeria


The importance of a well-equipped school library to quality education was recently underscored when a Lagos-based organisation donated new library to Ikeja Senior High School, Ikeja. Olaseni Durojaiye writes

The school library is not integral to learning; it is the heart of the school as it aides both teaching and learning which explains why it is pivotal to developing the 21st Century learners as it provides a model for inquiry learning and building knowledge and confidence in seeking and processing information. Interestingly, there is a growing body of proofs showing the impact of the school library on students’ academic development and achievement.

Besides benefits to students, a well-equipped library is a fundamental resource centre that also provides support for the teaching staff. Scholars hold the view that a school library reflects and encourages collaborative learning and sharing of ideas just as research shows that the reading scores for students in schools that focus on improving their library programmes are, on average of eight to 21 per cent, higher than similar schools with no such programmes.

As important as school libraries are to learning and teaching, the state of libraries in public school leaves much to be desired. While some schools lack well-equipped libraries, others simply do not have. Many schools boast of reading room in the name of library as many of the libraries are too small and often congested making them not conducive for learning.

This was the case with the school library at Ikeja Senior High School, Ikeja, Lagos before the intervention by X3M Ideas, a Lagos-based advertising agency which decided to donate a well-equipped library to the school as part of its yearly corporate social responsibility (CSR) programme.

THISDAY gathered that, before the new library was renovated, equipped and handed over to the school management for the use of the school community, the school shared a single room library with Ikeja Junior High School. It was further gathered that the former library was too small to adequately serve the two schools and lacked enough text book resources to cater for the study needs of the students from the two schools that it was meant for.

That has however become history with the donation of the new library by X3M Ideas.
The new library comes with comfortable, four student apiece workstation-like study desks. Each unit has spacious leg room and wide enough table-top that affords convenient reading. Besides, the demarcation at the top of the table forecloses distraction, interferences from other users on the unit and, affords personal space and some measure of privacy.

A tour of the library revealed well stocked book shelves and well arranged seating arrangement. The books and text books on display cut across different subjects from arts, commercial and science subjects. The books bore subjects like agriculture, biology, chemistry, additional mathematics, commercial studies, home economics, integrated science, literature and physics among others.

The Librarian’s table is strategically positioned directly opposite the entrance to the library. A desktop computer monitor and keyboards seat on the table while the Central Processing Unit sits below the table top. From the vantage position, the librarian is able to monitor goings on inside the hall.

A staff of the Ad agency who craved anonymity told THISDAY that “We always put our CSR project in the budget every year, and then we begin to save towards it from the beginning of the year. It’s a tough choice especially at this moment of technical recession and when other agencies are cutting cost and downsizing; but our CEO believes that it’s a choice that must be made. Whenever he talks about the projects he’ll ask us which is the better choice; should people consider how hard it is to spend the money on such laudable project or how harder the future of those children will be without quality education.”

While performing the official tape cutting to declare the library open for use, Tutor-General and Permanent Secretary, District Six, Lagos State Ministry of Education, Mrs. Amidat Anifowoshe, commended the donor company and praised its courage to commit to the project at a time the nation’s economy was experiencing a downturn and businesses are cutting costs as against incurring more cost.

But it was the narratives of the school’s Principal, Mrs. Ibidun Olawuyi that best captured the mood of the school community. Her narration recalled how the library came to be:

“Since I was posted to this school as the Principal, having a befitting library has been a burden in my heart. The school shares the existing so called library with junior school and this had made it difficult for an effective use of the library by both the students and staff of the school. Today, I thank God; that burden has been lifted and we now have a well furnished library for the school, all courtesy of X3M Ideas Company,” she stated.

Continuing, Mrs. Olawuyi recalled how the project came about thus: “It all started in June upon my resumption from a casual leave when the Vice Principal Academics came to brief me that a young man named Nnamdi Okeke came to the school and asked what the school lacked with a view to assisting. According to her, she told him of the needs for computers and a school library. I immediately took the offer of a school library.

“Nnamdi came back as promised and we got talking. Like a dream come true here we are today, inaugurating the library. I want to express my heartfelt gratitude to God Almighty, who sees and grants hearts desires as He has by this granted one of my desires for the school. I also want to express my profound appreciation to the management and owners of X3M Ideas for promising and fulfilling the promises so promptly that it seem like a dream. The whole project took about two months to complete and I am aware it costs millions of naira,” the Principal recounted.

Speaking with THISDAY shortly after a tour of the newly inaugurated library, Chief Executive Officer of X3M Ideas, Steve Baba-Eko, explained that the project was borne out of the conviction that providing the students with quality education is the best way of guiding them to become good citizens and leaders in future.

“We are doing this because providing quality education for the children is the best way to groom quality future leaders. Education saved people like me. Why I am able to be where I am today or do what we’re doing today is because I am educated.

“Today, anybody can get educated. However; it’s not just about education but the quality of the education. That was why we decided that in our own little way we will meet the government of Lagos State or any other state halfway in the provision of quality education for our youth, especially those in secondary schools because if we fail to do so the quality of leaders that we will have in future may not be what we will be proud of,” he explained.

Speaking further, he stressed “Last year we went to the boys’ reformatory home, we looked at their sanitary system, you cannot reform anybody in those conditions, so we provided them with a brand new toilets system, new bathrooms complete with lighting systems. We are not just talking to children from well off home or school, we are also talking to children from indigent homes and who are in conflict with the society. So we shall continue to find new ways of engaging with them from different backgrounds,“ he concluded.

Some of the students who braved the ongoing end of session holiday to grace the inauguration could not hide their elation. The joy they exuded can be likened to that of a traveler in the desert – travel weary, tired and thirsty – then came upon an oasis.

One of the students, Elizabeth Ayodele, captured the mood of her colleagues in her vote of thanks. “On behalf of the students of Ikeja Senior High School, I say a big thank you our donor, X3M Ideas for the new school library. The well-equipped library will be of immense benefits to the student population. It will enhance our reading culture and have great impact on the academic performance of the students. I promise that we are going to make effective use of the library. Once again, thank you X3M Ideas, and may God Almighty in His infinite mercies continue to bless the company,” she said.

The teachers were not left out in the gale of excitement in the schools. One of them told THISDAY that “Students and their teachers need library resources and the expertise of a librarian to succeed. School libraries help teachers teach the children better because we are able to go in there to research; sometimes too we ask the students to go in there and read up some topic then return to the class room to engage in interactive session.

A school library functions like a resource centre that supports school programmes as well as the teaching and learning process. School libraries serve students by providing materials to meet their various needs and encouraging independent reading and the use of libraries,” she stressed, adding that “That’s why we are so delighted. We’re indeed grateful to XTM Ideas for this donation; it will certainly impact our work and the performances of the students going forward,” she stated.

Source: Ikeja Senior High School Gets New Library | THISDAYLIVE







The Nigerian Universities Commission(NUC) has named University of Ibadan as the best. Among second generation Universities in the country in 2015 University of Jos and University of Ilorin also made the list, The Nation reports.

A statement signed by Abdullahi Abdullahi, Principal Officer Assistant Registrar, Information and Publication of the university, noted that: “The second generation Universities are the 12 universities established between 1970 and 1985 to meet the increasing need for university education in Nigeria especially in the area of Science and Technology.”

Abduallhi said: “University of Jos was however ranked 7th in the overall ranking of all Federal, State and Private Universities in Nigeria.”

Covenant University was also named as the best private University in Nigeria.

UNIJOS Vice Chancellor, described the ranking as clear recognition of the enormous work being done in the university.

“It was encouraging that the university was being appreciated for the impact it is creating towards human capital development in the country, noting that the ranking was consistent with the University’s global rating.

“If not for some challenges, the University could have achieved greater success. I enjoin all stakeholders to rally round towards ensuring that the University achieves its full potential,” he said.

Check out the full list below:

1. University of Ibadan, UI
2. University of Lagos, Unilag
3. University of Benin, Uniben
4. Obafemi Awolowo University, OAU
5. Ahmadu Bello University, Abu
6. University of Ilorin, Unilorin
7. University of Jos, Unijos
8. University of Port Harcourt, Uniport
9. University of Maiduguri, Unimaid
10. University of Agriculture, Abeokuta,
11. Lagos State University, Lasu
12. Federal University of Technology, Futo
13. Covenant University, CU
14. University of Nigeria, UNN
15. Federal University of Technology, Futa
16. Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Unizik
17. Enugu State University of Science and Technology, Esut
18. Pan African University
19. Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, lautech
20. Modibbo Adama University of Technology
21. African University of Science and Technology
22. University of Uyo, Uniuyo
23. Bayero University Kano, Buk
24. Ambrose Alli University, AAU
25. Redeemer’s University,
26. Babcock University
27. Federal University of Technology,
28. University of Calabar, Unical
29. Michael Okpara University of Agriculture,
30. Ajayi Crowther University
31. Bowen University
32. Rivers State University of Science and Technology, Rsust
33. Lead City University
34. Crawford University
35. Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, ATBU
36. Abia State University, Absu
37. Usmanu Danfodio University,
38. Igbinedion University
39. Imo State University, Imsu
40. Niger Delta University
41. Bells University of Technology
42. Kwara State University
43. Nasarawa State University
44. Caleb University
45. Obong University Obong
46. Adekunle Ajasin University
47. Ekiti State University,
48. American University of Nigeria
49. Joseph Ayo Babalola University
50. Veritas University Abuja
51. Afe Babalola University
52. Kaduna State University Kaduna
53. Osun State University Oshogbo …
54. Umaru Musa Yar’Adua University Katsina
55. Federal University, Ndufu-Alike Ndufu-Alike
56. Salem University Lokoja
57. Novena University Ogume
58. Achievers University, Owo Owo
59. Benson Idahosa University Benin City
60. Ebonyi State University Abakaliki
61. University of Abuja Abuja
62. University of Mkar Mkar
63. Madonna University Okija
64. Bingham University Auta Balifi
65. Plateau State University Bokkos
66. Federal University of Petroleum Resources Effurun
67. Federal University, Dutse Dutse
68. Nigerian Turkish Nile University Abuja
69. Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University Lapai
70. Landmark University Omu-Aran
71. Delta State University, Abraka Abraka
72. University of Agriculture, Makurdi Makurdi
73. Renaissance University Enugu
74. Federal University, Otuoke Otuoke
75. Tai Solarin University of Education Ijebu-Ode
76. Federal University, Oye-Ekiti Oye …
77. Kano State University of Technology Wudil
78. Tansian University Umunya …
79. Akwa Ibom State University Uyo
80. Baze University Abuja
81. Kebbi State University of Science and Technology Aliero
82. Benue State University Makurdi
83. Adeleke University Ede
84. Ondo State University of Science & Technology Okitipupa
85. Kogi State University Anyigba
86. Western Delta University Oghara
87. Federal University, Wukari Wukari
88. Paul University Awka
89. Caritas University Enugu
90. Federal University, Lafia Lafia
91. Cross River University of Science &
Technology Calabar
92. Fountain University Oshogbo
93. Al-Hikmah University Ilorin
94. Godfrey Okoye University Ugwuomu-Nike
95. Oduduwa University Ile Ife
96. Anambra State University Uli
97. Olabisi Onabanjo University Ago Iwoye
98. Federal University, Lokoja Lokoja
99. Federal University, Kashere Kashere
100. Rhema University Obeama-Asa



7. Whiteplains British School, Abuja – N3.6 million

Address: Beside Guardian House, Obafemi Awolowo Way, District, Jabi, Abuja

Whiteplains British School is an exclusively unique school that intends to provide an international, inclusive collaborative learning community that merges the academic rigour of the British National Curriculum with the inquiry based approach of teaching and learning as expounded by Edexcel and Cambridge accreditation. It costs about N3.6 million per annum to cater for the tuition and boarding of a child. On entering the school premises, one could certainly be able to guess what having a child there would mean.

6. Day Waterman College, Abeokuta – N3.7 million

Address: Abeokuta – Sagamu Expressway, Asu Village Road, Abeokuta – Ogun State

Just as I said earlier, the 3 popular cities in Nigeria are not absolutely in monopoly of these expensive schools. With the look of things, and the high quest for quality education, these kind of schools will soon be scattered all over the country. Day Waterman College is located along Abeokuta – Sagamu Expressway, Asu Village Road, Abeokuta – Ogun State, Nigeria. It is a modern co-educational boarding school designed to provide an exciting learning environment for secondary school children. The environment offers world-class facilities, a natural, peaceful and focused setting. One of the things that make the school not yet known to so many people is definitely the cost. You should never forget the fact that training a child in school does not mean providing the tuition only. There are so many other things that have to be taken care of for the general welfare of the child which may as well cost as good as the tuition. Well, it’ll take just a few millions to meet up with the demands of Day Waterman college.

5. Lekki British International High School, Lagos – N4 million

Address: Victoria Arobieke Street, off Admiralty Way, Lekki Phase 1, Lagos.

Lekki British School is the original British School in Nigeria which was established in the year 2000. The school supplies the needs of each student. They provide everything that is of international standard as well as creating a conducive environment to encourage a balanced pursuit of study and recreation. Lekki British Senior boasts some of the finest educational facilities in West Africa. All classrooms and laboratories are fully air-conditioned. The hostels have excellent facilities including fully air-conditioned dormitories and a well equipped common room with cable television video and other recreational facilities. The tuition really equals with the facilities. They pay as much as $19,500 + N200,000 development fee. In naira, a student pays N4,000,300 per session including feeding, school uniforms, hostel, Sunday wears and textbooks.

4. American International School, Abuja – N4.3 Million

Address: Durumi, Abuja

The American International School, located at Drumi area in the Federal capital Territory of Nigeria is an American-accredited international school that has been open since 1993. It is truly an international school with over 30 nationalities represented in the students’ population. The tuition fee per annum is $20,970.00. Other fees such as Application fee, Capital building fee, Annual development fee, etc, sum up to the grand total above. Only the very rich could afford education in this school, and that clearly explains why they currently have just about 500 students from Pre-School to Grade 12.

3. British International School, Lagos – N4.48 million

Address: Muri Okunola Street, Landbridge Avenue, Oniru Private Estate, Victoria Island, Lagos.

The British International School is a multinational co-educational English medium school established in September 2001. It boasts of excellent facilities which include a multi-purpose hall, music suites, theatre, computer suites, science suites, tutorial rooms, swimming pool and many more. Parents pay their children’s tuition fees in dollars but going by Nigerian currency, each student pays N4,480,000 annually. This also includes their feeding, uniforms, textbooks, etc. The subject policies contain the National Curriculum for England requirements with slight modifications to reflect the international setting. Support teachers are also available to help those pupils whose level of English is below average. This school is majorly patronized by foreigners, but of course there are still a good number of Nigerian students there.

2. Grange High School, Lagos – N4.5 million

Address: No. 6, Harold Shodipo Crescent, GRA Ikeja, Lagos

The Grange Secondary School was established with the aim of providing qualitative British education in a happy, caring and supportive environment. It provides a learning environment where children feel valued and are treated with dignity. The school is one of only three in Nigeria to be accredited by the Uk’s Independent Association of Preparatory Schools. (IAPS). I need not tell long stories here because this is the 2nd most expensive secondary school in Nigeria. If you are interested in the school, I think the best thing to do is to go and see for your self how sophisticated education could be made to be.

1. American International School, Lagos – N5.5 Million

Address: Behind 1004 Federal Estate Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria.

The American International School of Lagos (AISL) is a private, coeducational school, which offers an American educational program for students of all nationalities in preschool through 12th grade. The curriculum at AISL is based on US national standards. AISL is fully accredited through the Council of International Schools and the Middle States Association. AISL is an International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) World School. I am glad to inform you that the fees here are paid only in the US Dollars. This is a breakdown of the core annual school fees of this world class school for the 2014/2015 Session:

-Application fee: $586
-Registration fee: $11,715
-Annual capital Levy: $2,662
-6th – 8th (Middle School): $24,101
-9th – 12th (High School): $27,638
-Special Assessment Fee: $9,010
-English Language Learners (ELL): $5,946
-Student Support: $5,946.




15. Dowen College, Lekki, Lagos – N2 million

Address: 18, Adebayo herty Road, Road 14 , Phase 1, Lekki, Lagos.

This is an independent co-educational boarding and day school in the heart of Regency Town, Lekki, Lagos. It offers a broad and balanced education within a friendly, caring and happy environment. Dowen College is located in Lekki, Lagos and comprises boarding and day houses. In order to make learning worthwhile, the school provides a well equipped library, computer centre, internet connectivity, cultural facilities, football pitch, swimming pool and many more. The fees are about two million naira (N2,000,000) per annum for a boarding student and one million, two hundred and fifty-thousand naira (N1,250,000), for day students. The tuition fees include feeding, school uniform, house wear, and textbooks. I think this is nice, or what do you think?

14. Chrisland College, Ikeja – N2 million

Address: 3 Ladipo Oluwole Avenue, Lagos

Chrisland High School, Ikeja is a vibrant, modem and unique school concerned with the diversity of learners as people in their totality. It is located at Ladipo Oluwole Avenue, Ikeja, Lagos. Chrisland School is a vibrant modern and unique school.Their facilities include spacious fully air-conditioned classrooms, modern laboratories, music and drama studio, wireless internet access, stocked library, swimming pool, well laid out air-conditioned cafeteria, basketball court and many more. Fees are paid annually or per term but on or before the first day of school. These include registration, tuition deposit, accommodation and feeding. Student pay as high as N2,000,000. With all these, it is expected that learners in the future will be able to compete nationally and internationally with their peers in a very competitive world. May be I’m yet to get to your taste, but I think this will do…

13. Atlantic Hall, Epe, Lagos – N2.27 million

Address: Poka, Epe, Lagos, Nigeria

Atlantic Hall is a private coeducational secondary school in Epe which holds about 600 students and located about 70 kilometres from Lagos in Nigeria. The school has chosen to maintain its present population of approximately 600 students from ages 10 to 17; with a staff student ratio of 1 : 10, this is to avail every child the opportunity to be known. At Atlantic Hall, the student is committed to academic excellence and a well-rounded education. The school has a well equipped medical centre, sporting facilities, well equipped laboratories, swimming pool, etc. Weekends in school is filled with a wide range of social activities including concerts, talent shows, dances and film shows. The school charges as much as two million, two hundred and seventy thousand naira (N2,270,000) for a student per annum. And mind you, this is only tuition, there are some other additional fees such as uniforms, books, etc.

12. Corona Secondary School, Agbara – N2.55 million

Address: Yenagoa Road, Agbara Estate, Agbara, Ogun State, Nigeria.

Corona Secondary School is a residential, co-educational school with the aim to create well-rounded students who are proudly Nigerian, able to express themselves and their culture in any environment either locally or internationally. The unique curriculum allows all students to study for local (NECO), regional (WAEC) and international (IGCSE) qualifications which equips them not just with the knowledge they will need in the future but also the skills that will allow them to be life-long learners. The focus of the Corona Schools’ Trust Council is the development of world-class schools. World class in all facets of operations – curriculum, teaching methodologies, staff quality, libraries, technology, buildings, resources, facilities, management and so on. The fee in this school is over N2 million!

11. Hillcrest School, Jos – N2.65 million

Address: 13 Old Bukuru Road. P.O.Box 652, Jos, Plateau, Nigeria.

Lagos, Abuja and Port Harcourt seem to be taking the greater chunk of these expensive schools, but here we come with one of them located in the Northern part of the country, Jos. Hillcrest School is a private, co-educational day school situated in the city of Jos in Nigeria which is a K-12th grade International Christian School with an American curriculum. A significant number of her students come from Nigeria, but a good number come from other countries. The school is owned and operated by eight missions/church organizations. Annually almost all graduates are admitted into North American universities. That’s why it is no doubt patronized by only the elite and rich.

10. Loyola Jesuit, Abuja – N2.8 million

Address: Karu-Karshi Road, Gidan Mangoro, Abuja.

Loyola Jesuit College opened with JS 1 in 1996. It is a full co-educational private boarding school, with teaching and supervision from members of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits), and specially trained and dedicated lay teachers. The school is located in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory of Nigeria, situated on a 28.5-hectare site in the village of Gidan Mangoro. The school provides an atmosphere conducive to focused learning. They charge as much as N2,800,000 per student. Loyola Jesuit College is one of the most sought-after secondary schools in Nigeria. The school is very selective when it comes to admitting new students, making it difficult for many people to school there. For LJC, I’ll say, it’s not only about the cost, but the much cherished quality education is also certain.

9. Meadow Hall, Lagos – N3 million

Address: Elegushi Beach Road, By the 4th Roundabout, Lagos-Epe Express Rd, Lekki.

Mrs. Kehinde Nwani founded the Meadow Hall Educational Group in 2002. Meadow Hall Group seeks to provide through its subsidiaries opportunities for the children to develop in all areas thus being able to fully give expression to their unique talents and intelligence and reach their highest potential. Meadow hall School is focused on grooming life-long learners and building a learning organisation conversant with the use of 21st Century methodologies and strategies. But don’t lose focus on the saying that high quality comes with higher price- Meadow Hall fee is as “low” as N3 million.

8. Greensprings School, Lagos – N3.185 million

Address: No. 32, Olatunde Ayoola Avenue, Anthony, Lagos

We are gradually getting down to the “bigger heads”! Greensprings School is a member of the International Schools Curriculum Project (ISCP), Association of International Schools in Africa (AISA) and Association for the Advancement of International Education (AAIE). In addition to being recognized locally with the necessary approval and accreditation to run as an educational establishment in Nigeria by the Lagos State Ministry of Education, Greensprings School is accredited by The Commission on International and Trans-Regional Accreditation (CITA), an agency involved in improving standards in schools across the world through the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools in the USA. The fees which is left at a considerable prize of N3 million plus annually for a boarding student and N1,925,200 annually for day student, include a registration which is once, tuition, textbooks, school and house uniforms, PTA levy, caution fee, etc.




23. Regent School Maitama Abuja– N1.35 million

Address: Euphrates Crescent, Abuja.

The Regent School is a high quality British-based Education School in Maitama. The school fees vary but presently pegged at N1.35 million per annum for Senior Secondary.

22. Bloombreed High School N1.5 million

Address: Boskel Road, Off Port Harcourt/Aba Expressway, After Eleme Junction, Port Harcourt, Nigeria.

Bloombreed High School is the brainchild of Mrs Olufunke Sunmonu, (fondly called Big Auntie), a seasoned educationist and a mother with a strong passion for qualitative education and the desire to inculcate the fear of God in children, which inevitably transforms them into exemplary leaders, equipped to thrive in their life’s journey and make a positive impact on society both nationally and globally. Located at Boskel Road, off Port Harcourt/Aba Expressway in Rivers State, this school is certainly not meant for average income earners. The school which comprises of a Day-care, Nursery, Primary and Secondary section goes for as high as 1,500,000 Naira per year for its pupils/students. Very spacious, conducive learning environment, highly equipped library Science, ICT, language, technical drawing and musical laboratories highly qualified and resourceful teachers Sports and recreational facilities, A medical bay run by a reputable Health Maintenance Organization (HMO), Uninterrupted power supply, etc. Although the amount paid by the students in this school might seem outrageous,but considering the available learning facilties, I’ll say that it is relatively modest.

21. Lead British International School, Abuja – N1.5 Million

Address: 2nd Avenue, Aliyu Mustdafa Street, Wuse 2, Gwarimpa, Abuja, Nigeria

Lead British International School is one of the Secondary schools in Nigeria that offers quality education to students aged 11 – 17 delivered in a state of the art learning environment designed to ensure their academic success for entry to a Nigerian or Foreign higher institution. The School offers the best facilities for students in the Section: ICT provision in the Laboratories for Physics, Chemistry and ICT; comfortable boarding facilities; a well equipped Music Room, a Multipurpose Hall for all students as well as a Cafeteria for meals and snacks. LBIS has taken huge strides to provide students and staffs with the latest technology in terms of hardware and software to enable them meet the demands of the extensive curriculum on offer. I highly recommend this school for your kids but…never mind if you are not well loaded.

20.Norwegian International School, Port Harcourt – N1.8 million

Address: 11 Rotimi Amaechi Road GRA Phase III, Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria.

Norwegian International School has an enviable reputation within Nigeria. It makes use of the English National Curriculum, together with the curricular standards of the Cambridge International Primary Programme (CIPP) and the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE). This world-class school is really a wonderful place for you, your kids, wards or siblings to be as the case may be. But before you become too excited, pay close attention to this: A breakdown of their fees for new intakes shows that #250,000 is enrollment fee, #250,000 for development fee, 1,843,750 for tuition, an extra £600 and #20,000 for PTA—putting these together gives you a total of 2,547,647 million Naira. Now you can go ahead and give it a thought if you’ve got the cash!

19. Nigerian Turkish International College, Abuja – N1.6 Million

Address: Plot 152, Ahmadu Bello Way By Kashim Ibrahim Way, Wuse 2, Abuja, Abia, Nigeria

Nigerian Turkish International College was established in 1998 with the aim of intensifying the existing relationship between the Republic of Turkey and Federal Republic of Nigeria especially in the area of education. Operating a Turkish based curriculum for the Nigerian environment the NTIC is a world-class school in Abuja situated on Monrovia Street in Wuse 2. For your money’s worth this school offers excellent academic and extra-curricular activities. Nigerian Turkish International College has produced several excellent students who have made their country and school proud both in international competitions and national competitions in the academic field. Hope I haven’t wasted my time because this will only be making sense to people who’s got the wherewithal!

18. Greenoak International School, Port Harcourt – N1.9 Million

Address: St. Michael’s Crescent,Off Tombia Road Extension, GRA Phase Three, Port Harcourt.

GIS is currently one of the best secondary schools in Nigeria. Being a member of the Association of International Schools in Africa, the school operates a hybrid curriculum consisting of the innovative International Primary Curriculum (IPC), British/American Curricula and the Nigerian curriculum. Giving any child the opportunity to be exposed to the kind of facilities present at Greenoak International School comes at a price; have a look: for new students, it’s a prodigious sum of 2,800,000 million Naira per year, while subsequent yearly fees fall to 1,900,000 million Naira for boarding and 1,500,000 for day. 2,800,000 million Naira is no small amount, but on this list, Greenoak could only afford to make 18th place, so the journey is still very far. Ride on…

17. International Community School, Abuja – N1.9 Million

Address: 711 Agadez Crescent, Wuse II, Abuja, Federal Capital Territory, Nigeria.

Abuja’ school for the international community better known by its acronym ICS is one of the most expensive school in Abuja. The school offers quality international education for both the expatriate and Nigerian community. Despite the high cost of education here, the school still boasts of over 500 students from approximately 38 countries. Who knows how many Nigerians make up this 500? Well, it may not turn out to be what you think.

16. Charles Dale Memorial International School, Port Harcourt – N2 million

Address:No. 12 Army Range Road, Igwuruta-Eneka,Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria

Charles Dale Memorial International School is a secondary boarding school located in the city of Port Harcourt, Nigeria and affiliated with Bereton Montessori School. At present it holds 400 students and little over 45 teaching staff. It is located at no. 12 Army Range Road, Igwuruta-Eneka. This is one school whose name has become a household name. Not because every household can afford to have a child there, but more like because the fees leave us amazed. Charles Dale Memorial International School can boast of one of the best facilities in Rivers State and Nigeria as a whole. Owned and managed by the wife of a former Governor of Rivers State, King Alfred Diete Spiff, one wouldn’t have expected something less. As a strictly boarding school equipped with 24 hours surveillance and a school curriculum that is essentially an integration of the Nigerian and British National curricula, the fees for new students is put at 2,951,156 million Naira per year and drops to about 2,040,000 million Naira from the next year. It is currently the 16th most expensive secondary school in Nigeria.



aisl-1024x657It will soon  be January again, some parents may be thinking of changing the schools of their wards, this post may prove useful to those category of parents who believe spending lavishly on education brings out the best in their child. It is important that you peruse this post and see the “best” schools in Nigeria. I call them the best because they have the facilities, the staff and the standards due to their high income!

For some years now, private educators are really doing a lot to provide standard and quality education for Nigerians. But the challenge here is, the better the school, the more expensive it will be. Looking at the poor and below-standard conditions of our public schools today, these private schools are getting much more patronage than one may ever imagine not minding the poor economic condition in the country. Once parents are able to afford any of the ones available, they do not hesitate to withdraw their kids from the public schools and instead enroll them in private schools.

But the major thing I want to point out in this article is that there are grades of private schools. While some parents are struggling to provide a few thousands to settle their children’s school fees, others are busy, splashing millions on theirs. It may not have crossed your widest imagination that there are secondary schools in Nigeria where tuition fees run in millions of Naira and thousands of US Dollars. These schools are exclusively meant for the rich, who are of course the only ones who can afford them.

1. American International School, Lagos – N5.5 Million

2. Grange High School, Lagos – N4.5 million

3. British International School, Lagos – N4.48 million

4. American International School, Abuja – N4.3 Million

5. Lekki British International high School, Lagos – N4 million

6. Day Waterman College, Abeokuta – N3.7 million

7. Whiteplains British School, Abuja – N3.6 million

8. Greensprings School, Lagos – N3.185 million

9. Meadow Hall, Lagos – N3 million

10. Loyola Jesuit, Abuja – N2.8 million

11. Hillcrest School, Jos – N2.65 million

12. Corona Secondary School, Agbara – N2.55 million

13. Atlantic Hall, Epe, Lagos – N2.27 million

14. Chrisland College, Ikeja – N2 million

15. Dowen College, Lekki, Lagos – N2 million

16. Charles Dale Memorial International School, Port Harcourt – N2 million

17. International Community School, Abuja – N1.9 Million

18. Greenoak International School, Port Harcourt – N1.9 Million

19. Nigerian Turkish International College, Abuja – N1.6 Million

20.Norwegian International School, Port Harcourt – N1.8 million

21. Lead British International School, Abuja – N1.5 Million

22. Bloombreed High School N1.5 million

23. Regent School Maitama Abuja– N1.35 million

What do you think about spending so much for a child’s education, especially in our country, considering the wide gap between the rich and the poor, and some other factors? Is it right after all or do you think it is sheer extravagance?

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President Muhammadu Buhari has assured Nigerians that he would name his ministers this month. This is good news, especially for those who think the President’s pace is slow because he doesn’t have a cabinet in place. But in appointing a minister of education, the President should be painstaking. He should adopt a business approach because education is real business; and we can’t go forward as a nation until we treat it as such.

If the President is able to fix education, Nigeria is likely to move forward at a faster pace than what obtains now. Education is central to our overall growth.

No doubt, the President has enormous powers to appoint whoever he likes (including his friends) as a minister, but choosing a minister of education should not be based on sentiments at all. What Nigeria needs today is a minister of education that understands the dynamics of globalisation of education, someone with a good grasp of the problem areas and enough capacity both in terms of intellect and political will to ensure quick fixes and positive changes.

So, for this particular position, President Buhari may have to look beyond his loyal friends, old acquaintances, party members or the people he thinks gave him 97 per cent of the votes. He should bear in mind that whatever he does now can either make or break the education sector.

Thankfully, a prominent member of the President’s All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, has also warned of the peril of ignoring education. Emphasising the importance of education to national growth at the maiden convocation of Adeleke University, Ede, Osun State, last Saturday, Tinubu said that Nigeria would remain a poor country without quality education.

Everyone seems to know the role of education in ameliorating poverty, building strong democracy, encouraging economic growth and achieving a world-class standard of living. But, what most people seem not to know is that there is a difference between talking and doing. Quality education is a product of serious planning and commitment.

If talking about our declining educational standard is the key to finding a solution to the problem, Nigeria would have gone far beyond where it is today. Unfortunately, despite our many years of hand-wringing, we are yet to formulate pragmatic policies that could move us forward. We are still producing graduates with little problem-solving skills and slow analytical minds.

So, moving forward, we need a minister of education that will focus attention on two major problem areas that have remained with us for ages. One is the need to make learning at primary and secondary schools more exciting via adequate provision of learning aids. And, two, is to address the problem of poor quality of teachers by making teaching both attractive and lucrative.

Is it not strange that, as a people, we easily understand the importance of building a house on a solid foundation and feign ignorance when it comes to building solid tertiary education on a strong primary and secondary school system? The truth is quality education will be a mirage in Nigeria if we continue to ignore the importance of well-trained and highly-paid teachers.

Many times we blame students for not doing well, forgetting that learning is a function of many variables. It is not by accident that countries that are doing well today are those that place great emphasis on recruiting the best of brains to train their children.

It is instructive that students in the highest-performing school systems in the world are found in Singapore, Hong Kong, Finland, Taiwan and South Korea. These are countries where teaching is very financially lucrative and attractive.

Three of the top-performing school systems in the world — those in Finland, Singapore and South Korea — recruit 100 per cent of their teachers from the top three best students of each graduating set. They tap their best for the job. No wonder companies like Nokia covet teachers who leave the classroom in Finland.

But what do we have here? Most of our teachers are accidental teachers. Admission requirement is lowered for applicants aspiring to go for teaching courses. The teaching profession is for those who can’t do anything better. Unfortunately, this poor image has affected genuine bright people who would have loved to choose teaching as a profession. How can we expect people that are below average to nurture our children to excellence?

If we want to be sincere, how many primary and secondary school teachers in Nigeria today can we vouch for as being really good at mathematics, science or technology? Yet, we claim to aim at technological advancement. We should be thinking of putting the teacher at the centre of our policy if we want to improve the quality of our education.

We need a minister that will draw people back into the teaching profession. We need teachers and classrooms that are technology savvy. The teaching profession should be competitive, rewarding and purposeful.

Teaching is still one of the most attractive professions in the United Kingdom. A recent research on the most attractive professions in the country found teaching to be number three on a list of top 10 professions.

To make teaching a good career option in the UK, the government at a time introduced, among others, training bursaries and tax-free scholarships worth £25,000 in mathematics, chemistry, physics and computing.

Not only that, its Department for Education developed a policy paper aimed at raising the status of the teaching profession and making it more attractive to top graduates. These are pragmatic steps taken by serious nations that desire true growth and development.

In Singapore, for instance, teaching talent is identified and nurtured. Teaching is also a competitive career. About eight candidates apply for every opening. Little wonder, Singapore is the highest performing country in Mathematics and Science, according to the PISA 2012 international tests.

The story of neglect of teachers is the same in almost all African countries today. They are not getting their priorities right. That is probably why the continent is lagging behind the developed countries in the area of development and technological advancement.

Since Nigeria is the giant of Africa, I think it should take the lead in providing practical education that can drive technological development for its citizens. It should start this process focusing on its teachers and by making the teaching profession more attractive.



How to Stop Cheating

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I-
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

“The Road Not Taken” written by Robert Frost

Almost everyone wants to achieve good grades in school or pass The Exit Exam to graduate from High School. To accomplish this, some follow the path less traveled by and take the time to actually learn the material and do the work. But others cheat instead of taking the time to study. Whether you cheat all the time, or, like most students, once in a while, you can stop cheating, but only if you’re ready to quit cheating. Cheating counts as lying and stealing.


1.Decide that you want to stop cheating when you’re ready. No one except you can force you to stop. Need a little motivation? Think about what you will gain by doing your schoolwork.It won’t be easy. But, you can stop cheating when you’re ready to stop.

a.Knowledge- By doing your own work, you are becoming smarter. You are learning the material instead of transcribing it from someone else’s paper. When you are presented with the information again on a midterm or a final, you will have a much easier time remembering it.

b.Time Management skills- Everyone has a busy life. The typical high schooler has after school activities, dinner, then more stuff to do after dinner. Not to mention hanging out with friends, playing video games, talking on the phone, and every other leisurely activity that exists. So who has time for schoolwork? By not setting aside time for studying and homework outside of school, you are crippling yourself for life and you’ll fail the class. If your teachers catch you cheating they’ll wonder if you cheated on your other tests and they won’t trust you. It takes a lot of hard work to regain somebody’s trust and not everyone is willing to trust you again due to having trust issues. Getting into a habit of cheating can cause you to lose you your job. Make good habits now so you will have them as assets later in life. It’ll be much harder to stop cheating later on if you don’t quit now.

c.Respect- You will gain immense respect by not cheating. People will come to you for help instead of you going to them. Why? They will assume that you are smart. While you might not be a genius, you are making a very smart decision by not cheating.

2.So, now that you’ve decided to stop cheating, stop cheating.

a.Study. Study every day for three hours. However, if an emergency comes up, then you can study the next day. How well you know the information will determine how much you need to study. You have to understand fully and insert it in your head. Do not cram right before every test. Get into a study routine and study at the same time every day.

b.Prepare for tests. Get lots of sleep the night before and have a nourishing breakfast in the morning. Also, get extra help if you need it. It’s OK to ask for help.

c.Do your classwork and homework. Every classwork and homework assignment has a purpose. Do all of your classwork and homework to the best of your ability. It is better to guess than to get the right answer by copying.

d.Do your own work. You can still ask others for help. Just make sure you understand everything and that you are the one typing or writing.

3.Keep it up. It is easy to go back to your old habits. But, take the road not taken. A couple of years from now, you will be very happy you did.

4.Every time you get that little urge to cheat, remind yourself of the consequences. Remember the possibilities of getting caught, and remember that your teachers and parents are losing trust in you every time you cheat. Remind yourself that it is not worth it even if you do get away with it.


1.Take notes during class, but write neatly so that you can read your own hand writing.

2.Remember the purpose of tests. It is to see how well the students know the information. If everyone in the class copied off the smartest kid, the teacher would think you all learned the information, when in reality, you hadn’t. So, when the teacher moves on and you are even more lost, it is your fault if you cheated.

3.As soon as you get home from school study in a room without distractions ie TVs and Computers. You’ll be able to concentrate on your homework. Don’t forget to turn your cell phone off while you’re studying so that you don’t get a text from your friends.

4.Be prepared for tests, quizzes, pop quizzes, and final exams.

5.If you have ADHD remember to take your medicine or Focus Factor so that you can pay attention during class.

6.Get a tutor. If you can’t afford to get a tutor go online and look for free online tutors. If you’re unable to do that due to not having a computer a lot of schools offer free tutoring after school.

7.If TV interferes with studying record your favorite shows via DVR so that you can watch them later. The TV and the Internet aren’t going anywhere.

8.Try not to let others cheat off you. Yeah, there are cases when you don’t want to get beaten up and you give others your homework. If that happens tell your teacher and the principal. You can ask them not to mention your name when they have a talk with said bully.

9.If you spend too much time on your social network sites and not enough time on your school books make your social networks restricted websites and leave an away message so that everyone won’t worry about you.

10.You can visit your teachers on your way to your next class or after school if you don’t get something. If you wind up late for your next class ask your teacher to write you a Hall Pass or sign your Agenda so that you don’t get in trouble. If you don’t have time to visit your teachers after school visit them before class begins the next morning.


11.Lets push for more autonomy for each country within the framework known as WAEC.

12.Lets revert back to 5yrs of secondary school and 2yrs of HSC immediately the Advisory Board completes its work.

13.Lets divide English Language into two types from SS1 …International and Pidgin…each student should then be allowed a choice of one or both at WAEC…a credit in either or a credit IN ANY NIGERIAN LANGUAGE should be usable for admission into higher institutions in Nigeria

14.Similarly lets divide WAEC Maths into two schemes from SS1.. one for Science (Physical/Biological) students and another for non-Science (Commercial/Arts) students.Current scheme can be retained for Science students only.For non-Science students Geometry,Mensuration and Trigonometry (which all students were introduced to from JS1 TO JS3) should be replaced by more maths-related topics from Economics and Commerce.Another section on Logic and Quantitative Puzzles can also be added for non-science students.

15.Lets extend official school closing hours to either 4.00pm or 4.30pm from Monday to Friday.All daily homework and remedial sessions for non-performers and related co-curricula programs should be activated after regular hours within school premises

16.2.00pm to 4.00pm on Saturdays should also be used for remedial work based on mid-term or end-of-term tests.For family socials parents can ask for permission for their children but not by proxy.The activities for these periods from Mondays to Saturdays must have a Co-ordinator in each school probably an experienced senior retired educationist.

17.Extra hands needed for 15 and 16 above can be tapped from retired teachers,NYSC or unemployed graduates in each LGA .Some stippend need to be budgeted for and paid for this.

18.Each LGA in Nigeria should have a CENTRE OF LIGHT on Public-Private rental terms.Each centre will have facilities for Library,Sports Hall,internet-linked Computer Center.The sports Hall can also be used for life and leisure skills improvement covering music,drama and debates etc.(More detailed notes on this will be coming up later)

19.Instead of weeding exams regular tutors need regular re-training especially on remedial techniques and how to be mentors instead of just being teachers.

20.Jamb should conduct its examination 3 times a year (December,April,August) to reduce candidates’ desperation and readiness for cheating during examinations (though now greatly curbed TEMPORARILY by CBT)




1. Gather all past but living Education Ministers and Ministers of State at Obudu Hlls. We know that China would have had all of them shot to pieces. But since that is not in our nature we need to be more realistic in our approach to the problem. So we should ask them to:
-List achievements during their tenures.
-List what they regard as pitfalls in Educational Administration in Nigeria.

2. Make it mandatory that our current education top hats genuinely review and seek the advice of the former Minister of Education Mrs.Oby Ezekwesili at least once a month. Because it was during her period something relevant and revolutionary for education appeared on the horizon for our nation.

3. Divide the Education Ministry into two for higher education and for lower education. Thereafter move them into separate locations for individuality as follows:
-Higher Education for Universities, Polytechnics, Colleges of Education and approved Diploma-awarding Vocational Centers.
-Lower Education for Secondary Schools, Primary Schools, Vocational and Technical education.
To emphasize the importance of the steps to be taken, the two Ministries should be headed by two cabinet-ranked Ministers who are not politicians and who should have terms of office guaranteed and renewable like the Chairman of INEC.

4.Merge most parastatals related to Education under them and create an agency under the Presidency which shall regularly audit through a group of external auditors the hardware and software assets, goals and achievement of these Education Ministries vis-à-vis our National Education Policy. The auditors must itemize the most important weaknesses to the President once in a year in simple unpretentious language and what needs to be done urgently.

5. Close down the Education Trust Fund (ETF) since it has failed in the main to achieve what it was set up for and let the two ministries take over its functions and staff. Same for other parastatals such as the one for the UBE. Thereafter transfer non-personnel funds to the states to use directly on education. The states can also absorb some staff from the parastatals penciled for closure.

6. Set up a new Education Advisory Board to put up polices BASED ON THE OLD EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM OF NURSERY/PRIMARY, SECONDARY/HSC AND HIGHER STUDIES as listed above. With a new and more realistic National Education Policy, we can then move forward to other micro but important issues

7.Make it mandatory for all private schools to pay at least the minimum wage or same staff salaries as those in public schools This means that staff in such private schools can earn more only if they do provide services additional to what is expected of public school tutors.

8. Make it a crime for private schools to offer ridiculous salaries such as N12,000 per month to graduates. The higher cost of running these private schools will be passed to parents by good schools. Those parents who cannot afford it will move their children back to public schools while interest in public schools will grow.

9. Set up local management teams for each public secondary school made up of parents having children in those schools. They are to work hand in hand with each school management and help raise money from friends and private businesses to meet school needs such as landscaping water supply, toilets facilities, some science lab materials, library books but excluding ANY staff costs including security. These of course shall be In addition whatever is provided by the Federal, State governments and LGAs.

10. Government (all the 3-tiers) must look at  critical needs of each school both public and private and join hands to set-up time-tables for meeting these needs.




HOW TO BE A MEDIOCRE TEACHERIt’s not clear if the same applies for police officers, dentists, airline pilots, or other professionals, but it seems true for educators.

Most educators either improve dramatically their first few years through a combination of effort, imagination, reflection, and constant professional development, or they leave the classroom entirely.

So you’ve got to admire the mediocre teacher in that they exist in schools at all. They’re the survivors in the school building, able to withstand crushing district programs, and decade after decade of government mandates to keep on keeping on. If there is ever a zombie apocalypse (or any kind of apocalypse for that matter), find the closest mediocre teacher and follow them.

So how does a teacher remain mediocre in the face so much opportunity to improve?

1. Try to please everyone

Parents, colleagues, principals, instructional coaches, district personnel, and your twitter-based Professional Learning Network will often have divergent ideas, agendas, and advice. Do your best to fulfill all of their pleadings and demands, with very little sense of priority. When you’re a teacher, everyone is your boss.

2. Act alone

In education, as a teacher you are the designer, actuator, judge, jury, and executioner. Instead of merely connecting students and the curriculum with the community, parents, administrators, and district officials, rather act as the spokesperson for it all. Explain district policy to parents. Justify school mediocrity to local business leaders.

Be called to task by news media.

Advocate for personalized curriculum to audiences that won’t understand the need.

Insist on 21st century technology for 21st century learners in the face of budgets that can’t possibly sustain it.

Also, don’t make the mistake of creating a transparent curriculum so that all stakeholders can clearly see what’s happening when and pitch in accordingly. Instead make it all go through you–and verbally if possible.

As the teacher, you’re the focal point, gosh darnit. Martyrs unite.

3. Keep the learning in the classroom

Dovetailing behind #2, whatever you do, never, ever design learning experiences so that learners and their families naturally work together. Keep the learning in the classroom where it can be measured and verified by an expensive (and resource-sapping) battery of tests.

4. Forget that you’re really there to please the students

You’re not there for the students as human beings—to spark, inspire, and intellectually care-take. Instead, believe that you’re there for the sake of the literacy rates and proficiency of the students. After all, that is being there for the students. They’ll thank you when they can read the dosage instruction on the medication they take because they’re 32 and making $28,000 a year in a soulless, life-sucking job and are forced to send their 3 children to schools and live in communities not much different than the ones that produced their life’s mediocre arc.

5. Believe that children are not books to be read, but books to be written

As adults, we know what’s best for students. We aren’t there to discover or assist in discovery, or support families in creating sustainable learning patterns for life-long self-improvement, but rather to help students master content. We were brought up the same way, and by golly look at us. All healthy, thriving, well-balanced adults changing the world one student at a time. Yeehaw.

6. Worry about China, looming technologies, the Mayan calendar, etc.

Be sure to project your insecurities on the students to help brace them for what’s coming, rather than the world they live and breath in now. Prepare them for the uncertain future!

7. Use the same (or extremely similar) units and lessons each year

The great thing about teaching is, once you get through the first year, it gets so much easier, Your units and lessons are done. Assessments are finished. Novels are chosen, projects are designed, guest-speakers are selected, field trips are planned. You’re on cruise control. You may need to go in and tweak things here or there, but learning is learning, am I right?

No need to reinvent the wheel. Stick with what works!

8. Don’t ask the students for ideas

Asking the students for ideas gives students the illusion that they are in control, or have anything but a superficial investment in the learning process. Passivity is so much easier for classroom management! What kinds of ideas would they come up with anyway? Free homework passes, open-book tests, and a marathon of Jersey Shore, Call of Duty, and Spongebob Squarepants.

The fact that students can’t even begin to come up with the first compelling idea for learning says nothing about how long ago they “checked out” of the learning process. It’s because they’re kids! When they start paying some bills, then they’ll understand what real responsibility is.

9. Give very little attention to tiering or scaffolding

Scaffolding helps all learners have work within their Zone of Proximal Development. Tiering is a super simple process that helps create lessons and assessments or using innovative grouping strategies, but it only makes more work for you. Who has the time?!

10. Minimize reflection

Reflection is perhaps the most powerful of all improvement strategies. Formally and informally taking a look back at what happened—after a Socrative Discussion, a day, or a unit—is for people that have time. If mediocrity is what you’re after, conjure up only brief little episodes of reflection—and then, either feel sorry for yourself for how awful it went, or ignore the data and focus on all the “feel good” moments. You’re never as good as you think you are, and you’re never as bad as you think you are either.

Or that’s the lie going around anyway.

Image via flickr user peterhuys; How To Be A Mediocre Teacher


ENSURE YOUR CHILD’S SCHOOL HAS A CLINIC (OR AT LEAST A ROOM FOR FIRST AID!)Three-year-old Sharon Adelaja was looking hale and hearty by the time her mom dropped her at school on Monday morning. In fact, she finished the plate of rice and beans that was given to her for breakfast.

However, trouble started when she started vomiting some hours into her lessons. It looked like a little thing, till she collapsed. Her teacher, who knew nothing about first aid treatment, tried to resuscitate her to no avail. Everybody gathered around her till the principal’s attention was drawn to the emergency.

They eventually took her to a hospital in the area. On getting to the clinic in Ogba, they had to wait another 30 minutes before they were seen by a paediatrician (child care specialist).

The specialist said child had suffered a seizure, which had affected some nerves in her brain.

The physician lamented that the damage done to some parts of Sharon’s brain could have been prevented if she had received first aid by a skilled health professional, preferably a nurse or a doctor, in the first 15 minutes.

It goes without saying that much drama ensued between the school’s authorities and the Adelajas after the doctor’s verdict.

The toddler has since recovered from the incident, but she still has challenges pronouncing some words and she has been placed on daily medication.

Sharon’s case is a cold reminder for parents and school authorities on the need for a functional clinic on the school premises to ensure that small medical problems do not become big ones.

Experts say as teachers are important to school, so is the presence of trained health care personnel.

According to Consultant Paediatrician, Dr. Dayo Kujore, emergencies will always happen in a school environment, as kids are prone to accidents, falls, food poisoning, malaria, allergic reactions and other ailments which will require a doctor’s attention within the shortest time possible.

Kujore says, “The way a child will react to infection, allergy, food poisoning or any other sickness is different from that of adults because their immunity is not as developed yet. What this means is that they suffer the effects of any illness faster than adults.

“For this singular reason, one should have a doctor or trained nurse close to where you have many kids. A crèche, day care or full-fledged school should have a functional school clinic with drugs and the necessary infrastructure. Its surroundings should be up to standard to also prevent infections from spreading.”

A professor of paediatrics at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Idi-Araba, Temiye Edamisan, says a major reason why infections such as diarrhoea, measles and other communicable diseases spread among pupils is due to the lack of guidance and information from health care personnel who should be working in the school.

Edamisan notes that if a school has a functional clinic with a dispensary and at least two health care personnel, they would be in a better position to quickly spot infections, isolate affected children from others so as to prevent an outbreak; and also take proper steps to manage the child.

“If they have trained health care personnel, he/she would be able to watch out for children that are sick, isolate them from other kids, just in case it is contagious. They are also able to advise the parents on what is best.

“A child with fever or cold should naturally be treated at home, but parents still force their sick children to go to school, putting other kids at risk of possible infections. A trained personnel at the school clinic will be able to not just give first aid to the sick child but also advise the parents on what to do and do follow up,” he notes

Apart from treating sick children, Kujore explains that health care personnel also advise school authorities on some basic health and hygiene initiatives that would improve the overall wellbeing of the pupils.

“It is health care personnel working in the clinic that will advise the school on some health programmes such as immunisations. They will educate the kids on basic hygiene practices. They must be taught from when they are young.

“They will be able to organise regular medical check-up and screening within the school as a preventive measure, because most parents do not do medical check-up for their kids, they only take them to the hospital when they are sick.

“They are also the people that are professionally trained to counsel children on some sensitive reproductive issues,” he adds.

Schools have resumed this year, but as you would ensure that your child has the necessary tools to read and learn, a responsible parent should also be keen on the standards of facilities and quality of personnel manning their ward’s school clinic – if they have one at all.

Emergencies will occur; however, since you would most likely not be there when it happens in your child’s school, it is wise to ensure that when it does, your child is getting the appropriate help.

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…mason college,festac…members of magt…

MASON COLLEGE                                                                                               DATE: …………………….


  QUESTIONS                                                          ANSWERS                          COMMENT IF ANY

1. How many students visited the sick bay ?

2. Which class was the noisiest today? (specify)

3. Were students found loitering around?

4. Were the assemblies well organized ?

5. Was the lunch period well organized ?

6. Did the students enjoy the games period?

7. How did you know? (Summarize under comment section)

8 Did the surrounding within the school look neat ?

9. How many flower pots have dead flowers in them? (Within and without the walls)

10. Did the poultry area look hygienic ?

11. Were the table sheets clean or dirty?

12. Was any game equipment or material damaged or lost ?

13. Was there any damaged door, furniture or woodwork in any classroom or laboratory?

14. Was any toilet needing repair or any plumbing job to be done?

15. Did any electrical appliance need replacement or repair?

16. Were marked students scripts delivered as expected?

17. Were our visitors book at the reception properly filled for the day?

18. What date has been fixed for checking students notebooks? (Please Specify)

19. What date has been fixed for checking students textbooks? (Please Specify)

20. How many students are on the debtors list at today?




…Late Mrs Ola Mbonu…much loved Principal of Mason College,Festac…



                 DUTIES PERFORMED                                                             NO OF PERIODS/WEEK















L-R…Mr Odumosu, late Mrs Mbonu,Principal,Prof. Yerokun,member, Board of Governors
































1. Time table Administration
2. Regular Lectures/Schemes of work
3. Integrity Checks (Staff & Students)
4. Revisions, Test, Internal Examination and Results
5. WAEC/NECO/JSCE preparations
6. Management of General Paper Scheme
7. Management of Computer/Internet Scheme
8. Preparation of SS3 Students for JAMB/UME


9. Fortnightly Reports
10. Novels Summary Scheme
11. Red Note Scheme
12. Maths Clinic/Maths Practical arrangements
13. Science Practical Arrangements
14. Educational Tours on Intro Tech and Business Studies.
15. Home work or Class Assignments.
16 Class Notes Integrity Scheme


17. MASON Study Techniques Group (STG)
18. Foundation Emphasis Group (Director’s or Special Group)
19. External Exam Group (EGG)
20. SSCE Group (PASS)
21. JAMB Group (PASS)
22. Home Tutorial Group (PASS)
23. ‘CAMBRIGDE ‘A’ LEVEL Group (6th Form)
24. SAT Group (6th Form)
25. TOEFL Group (6th Form)
26. GMAT/GRE Group (6th Form)
27. Adult Education Group (SMC)



1. Induction (New Students)/Finishing Touches Programs (Final Year Students)
2. Life Skills/Students’ Clubs Activities
3. Self-Actualization Activities
4 Excursions
5 Special Events( Parent’s Open Day and Valedictory Ceremonies)
6. Athletics and Marathon Competition (Inter-House Sports)
7. Video/Computer Brain Games/Ball Games/Indoor Games


8. Cleaning and Assemblies
9. Movement and Noise Control
10. Lunch/Break period and Related Activities
11. Sick Bay/Playground/Suggestion Box
12. Repairs and Maintenance of Assets
13. Students’ Statutory Records/Staff Files
14. Schools Administrative Records and Registers.
16. Library/Stores/Science Laboratories/Notice Boards


EDUPEDIA ASSOCIATES/OO’YES, 5th Avenue, ‘M’ Close, H. 27, Festac Town
Tel: 08033010872, 08027853025.

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 Our Honorable Guests, Parents, Press, Graduating Students, Staff Members , other students and invitees. You are welcome.

Today we give a thousand thanks to the good Lord for making it possible to gather here for what may turn out to be a period of testimonies on and about our students, honored guests, staff and parents.

In a way it is also a moment to pat different people on their backs and  offer congratulatory words to our students and their parents for staying the course and for providing financial, moral and technical back-up for the school and students.

It is a day to tell our ex-SS3 students that their SPRING HAS SPRUNG and that its time to move on.

However we shall do this while sharing some experiences about them and our honored guests too. Let me start with honored guests who are made up essentially of our parents and ex-staff members (Experiences with each person are at this stage recounted with emphasis on their contributions to the school).

mason college,valedictory ceremony

mason college,valedictory ceremony

In congratulating our students we must also think about the future of our university graduates. The future of an average Nigerian citizen will usually be linked to the conditions that will be present in our country then. So the next question is what is going to be the future or the fate of our motherland this year or next year or in 2007 or thereafter? Are they questions we must leave hanging in the air while we express our various opinions strongly in private? How  can such attitude help the future of those  graduating today?

A few years ago at an August occasion like this we recounted the dilemma the Nigerian students continue to face not only when they are out of school but even when they are in school. Many educators fail to recognize these factors and therefore find it impossible to know what exactly should be their roles in the overall scenario.

Firstly, students find it difficult to link what they learn in school/classrooms with genuine productive activities in our society. None of our students have real heroes except perhaps in people like Wole Soyinka and Chinua Achebe whose books they read. The next sets of heroes for them are those to be found in Nigerian and foreign movies and music world. There is no real avenue in our country for a child to develop into Bill Gates or Isaac Newton or to become a REAL Nuclear Physicist. Put them  in the most private schools and spend a lot of money to massage your ego that your child is at a really special school. But which Nigerian University can develop him or her into becoming a space scientist? Where do  we have the REAL research laboratories to help in carrying out findings and putting a stop to Malaria, Sickle Cell Anemia, Aids, Hypertension or Diabetes? There is really no challenging environment for our students to dream in for becoming Nobel Prize Winner in Physics or Chemistry. It is  my opinion that students do not think highly about  academic work, school or tutors not because tutors do not wear the latest Gucci shoes but because the end point of all efforts to them is hazy and do not go beyond the passing of Examination and obtaining certificates. The need to really dig deep for facts which might be useful to them later in life is not of great importance to them.

 Secondly, many  secondary school students see their older brothers and sisters coming out with fantastic university degrees but without jobs after NYSC. They know about their brothers and sisters attending GMAT exams with 20,000 other graduates for 20 managements trainee places at Cadbury. Unilever or Zenith Bank.

Thirdly, they also see some jobs that are successful in Nigeria do not necessarily need great education. The most prominent job in this group is that of being a politician. What about fast food joints or some so – called places of worship where magic is performed and the pastors go about in different Hummer Jeeps? Again many of them know how hard their parents struggle to keep the family together with hard work but with almost nothing to show for their efforts at the end of the day.

My suggestion therefore is that in planning for the future of our children, we educators must continually plan to equip them with relevant skill acquisition methods that can make them more fulfilled whatever happens. I must say with pride that we do this at Mason College and we have products to back up this statements. One of our students finished school cert, in June and by August was already the manager of a cybercafé in Festac with over 20 systems. Today he is a student of Covenant University but he was really radiant  the day he came back to school to inform us with some pride.

Apart from skill acquisition our students must understand that  they face a lot of unfair weather in this country because of relatively meager resources which are  released or doled in small pieces to the majority by a few fat cats. Therefore they must not fail to criticize these cats.In fact they should be prepared to fight against this very obvious injustice in the system. They must look forward to joining other groups of people who are interested in a complete overhaul of the system. Otherwise the suffering will go on for generations. To do this they must have their education continuously related  by their schools to clear purposes in the classroom. They must perfect their compositions, improve their spoken English and practice public speaking as an art. They must learn more about Local and International etiquette. They may also need to identify those  to push into the lagoon. At Mason College we attempt a great deal to teach our students the use of cutleries though  corrections where many times only grudgingly accepted. But when you are out of the country as students, visitors or businessmen, you will understand that the average white man is a curious human being who may decide to do business with you by observing the way you combine the use of forks knives and spoons. Unfortunately the black man historically is discretely observed by them to know whether we are civilized or not through such norms. Remember we also gave you ideas about music from other lands. Without turning you into ballet dancers, we showed you at closed quarters what is meant by Samba, Rumba, Tango, Cha-Cha, Waltz, Foxtrot and Jive. We showed you that apart from the usual games there are also what we call unusual games. We took you to the National Stadium not only to participate in sports but to give you a database for reference in case you become future sports administrators in the country for all these your parents bore the expenses sometimes with pain. We did not stop there. We also made you to practice and compete with the so-called famous and big schools in the Shell Choral group. Thanks to the work of our late Mr. Enang the great musicologist and musician. May I respectfully at this juncture ask all those present to please rise up to observe a minute silence in honor of  this great man who led our school to victory in the SHELL mUSIC competition but who passed away last year. He used to call me “Patrol” in a special way but I never really asked him why he did and never asked him what he meant by it. But both of us  had a great understanding for beautiful music. Now I wish I had asked him.

mason college,open theatre lfe skills performances

mason college,open theatre life skills performances

Talking about your future, you must already know that this future might find you at LASU, UNILAG, Covenant, Ahmadu Bello, and UNN or in USA, Canada, Britain, Dubai,India or Hong Kong. You must remember that you have been given all round education with purpose at Mason College. Everything might not become obvious to you now but we know each of you will bloom in God’s own time. Ours is to plant the seed but God will add water and manure for its germination and bloom. Today our old students for your information have started some form of Mason College Festac Alumni. Just type Mason College Festac and you will see some of the old pictures they have already posted on the site. The school will in future decide how to be participatory in the alumni project.Just type Mason College Festac(now and you will see some of the old pictures  posted on the site. You therefore have the means for being in contact with your seniors, classmates, juniors as well as the school. For this future the best we can wish you is that you find SUCCESS with HAPPINESS to live fulfilling lives.

It is a future that might challenge how deep your faith in our loving God is. It is a future that might ask you to prove that you are responsible family men and women. Or whether you are a boss that could be tough and yet be understanding with your subordinates.

The only certainty  about this future is that it will eventually come. That future after Mason College has already begun for many of you. Some of you have traveled out of the country while many are already in higher institutions of learning. Many of you will still get your admissions into higher institutions by the Grace of God. Amen.

As you leave us please allow me to add the following part of which had been stated at similar gatherings:

1. That each of you should think more about becoming an employer of labor or becoming self-employed as quickly as possible instead of being a perpetual applicant. To do this search inside  for the talent  God has endowed  yo with. If God says you will succeed through selling fried plantain, then let your fried plantain be the biggest and the best.

 2.That  you must remember that life will call  on you in future to be different. Life can play you JAZZ while the others are experiencing Rhythm & Blues or Funk. Bur remember what A great French man once said. He said when you hear a different set of drums do not be afraid to step up to the beats of those drums no matter how far they may seem.

 3.That you have to show the signs of your education at all times. Keep a library of books at home. Master the internet which is now the biggest library in the world. Decide when you will stop conversing in Pidgin English, which was a source of constant correction here. When you write formally or off the net do not disgrace your school or your teachers or yourself. Use past tense, apostrophes and plurals where you must. Note that the use of English by many University graduates today is very uncomplimentary.

Now the time has come for me to send you forth. Many times it is usually a very difficult moment for me but I will try to pull through. All ex ss3 students and or their representatives should please stand up. We are of course aware that only a representative group can be here today thanks to almighty WAEC. Please arrange yourselves in a circular mode within the space in front of you, while holding hands repeat the following after me 3 times.


Now look at each other or hold each other in twos or threes and remember in future what I am about to tell you now.




Let me seize the opportunity to thank the school management past and present who have contributed in developing you. We again thank our parents for their care and for the fees they paid sometimes under difficult conditions. We pray that God will continue to replenish their purses IJN…..Amen

We also congratulate our students most of whom achieved excellent results in their WAEC, NECO exams. We look forward to hearing about your progress in future.

On behalf of the school I thank our Honored Guests, our Parents, Staff Members and others who are present today to witness the “pulling out” ceremony for our students.

 Thank you,


DIRECTOR 10/3/2004.


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