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Is Expensive Effective?





Yesterday I went to the bank to bring down the roof, they've been very ineffectual of late and have been causing me to lose some monies. They couldn't even begin to verify what the problem was as their systems were down, as usual. 

I was in the middle of my rant when I heard some figures mentioned, you know, a number with six zeros, and then I heard the banker tell the person on the other side of the line that the transfer had been done, yes she's aware that it's for school fees, yes, Chrisland, yes. 

Oh wow!

Now I don't know how many kids the fees are for, it could have been two or three but still, millions? Just wow. 

Just some days ago I had a chat with my friend. His kids are in a pretty ordinary school somewhere in Lekki. His brother's four kids are all in Lekki British International. My friend spoke about his brother in a condescending manner, describing him as stupid for spending several millions on school fees for just a term alone. He said a smart kid is a smart kid and a dumb kid is dumb! It's not about how expensive the school is. He complained about parents spending so much on children's education for the wrong reasons, eg keeping up with the Joneses and peer pressure. 

We argued back and forth about the benefits of putting kids in super expensive schools vs putting kids in "ordinary schools". Yes, there's the idea of your child eventually belonging to an upper circle, being more exposed and all what not. But does an expensive education automatically equate great education? Is there any thing to prove that the product of a Lekki Britishish school does better than a product of Pampers? 

Given the opportunity and the finances, would you put your kids in an extremely expensive good school, or an averagely priced good school? Care to tell me why...

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  1. Well, that depends on how available the finances are, else it is an average good school. Several factors apart from the price of education would determine my choice. Nearness to base (home, workplace), pedigree of teachers, history and perception of school, extracurricular activities offered, current students of the school, performance of school in qualifying exams, management of school, and of course affordability of the fees are factors that determine which school is preferred.

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  2. Expensive isn't (always) effective jare. Ask Omoni Oboli, Tiwa...and ME!

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  3. I had this argument some months ago with my friend's Mum, she believes in paying millions of naira for a child in primary school,she feels that's the foundation and bla bla bla,I don't believe in spending millions of naira on a child in primary school.A dumb child will always be dumb no matter what, the only thing about this highly expensive schools is the exposure the kids get,when my cousin was in Nigerian Turkish, all his excursions were outside the country, they take them to eko hotels and all for buffet or whatever they call it. I prefer to put my child in a school that is up to standard even it their school fee is #2000,I can spend a huge amount of money for my child in the university but kindergarten or primary school mennnnn its a no no for me, when I used to teach,I had a girl in my class,this girl is bright, they were 32 kids in my class den, it was always like a battle field, u will see her reading as small as she was den and she always topped the class every term, and I had one that was also dumb, the mum even got her a woman from Chris land around my area to teach her after school hours but she still never improved, I used to explain calculations to her privately because she doesn't grab when u explain during normal lecture. My point is know the kind of child u have,put him or her in a gud school, the amount a school pays isn't a criteria of good learning standards, some schools only have structures and nothing more, a child's foundation matters a lot. I know so many people whose children go to big schools but trust me they have nothing upstairs,they don't portray it,very low IQ and the rest. But its just my opinion, if u can afford to spend trillions on ur child in school, then no buggy,all man to his or her opinion and choice.

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    1. Anon...the dumb child you talk about may just have a learnig disability or be unable to understand things the way many others do. Please let us refrain from callig children dumb....it is no becoming.

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    2. Thank you miss pynk. Some of these children just need the extra push, extra care and professionals who have been trained to help children with these disabilities. They turn out really well after they get the help they need.

      The foundation really matters... if you're willing to spend a lot on their tertiary education and u really don't care about the foundation... o well... you know what they say about building a solid house on a shaky foundation... sooner or later, the house would come crashing.


      Thelma, I was watching a program "The African child" on chan 154 yesterday... kids anchored the show and it was really interesting and educative.
      the thing about these expensive schools is that they provide extra(like co-curricular activities, expose these children to things that they would never have been exposed to in cheap schools, pay close attention to the children as they are not so many in a class.)
      There was a time in QCY that we had as high as 87 girls in a class. Or in the uni where you had over 1000 students in one LT that can conveniently seat only 500 or 600 students. The environment would definitely not be conducive for learning.
      I learnt from that program that parents don't understand the damage done to their kids when all they focus on is book and nothing else. So if I can afford it and the school checks all the points listed in chrisyinks comment (most especially).. by all means! But it's not only about being expensive... they also have to have substance. I have to be sure they are getting the value of the money being paid.
      Besides, there are not to many good schools in Nigeria. The unity schools that used to be very good(i'm not sure about now), the competition to get in was really stiff... and few schools that could match their standard were quite expensive. So you see...

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  4. I don't know how to answer this question but I have a lil cousin who was in one of the 'cheap' school before one of my aunties brought her to live with her in PH. My aunty has changed my lil cousin from expensive to more expensive to grt expensive schools in PH but the girl says she feels she aint learning anymore, that the schools are dulling her!!! Sometimes she starts crying that she wants to go back to her old and 'cheap' school. The girl takes 1st positions even without studying for exams!
    Oh well! Dis is currently happening and my aunty is confused cos she can't take her back to her parents as they r not having enof to train her and her other siblings.
    You Be The Judge!

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    1. So if the aunty has a lot to pay for the very expensive school, why doesn't she take the girl back to her parents, so they can put her back in the "cheap" school, and then she offers to pay the girl's tuition since the parents can't afford it? that would seem like a win-win for everyone.

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    2. You are right Ada_ugo. The lil girl simply wants to go home.

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  5. My dear it all boils down to the size of ur pockets. If u can afford to put your child in an expensive school without breaking the bank,u can as well go 4 it,buh if u can't by all means cut ur coat according to ur material(dunno,if I got dat right).no matter what pple say,everybody wants d finer things in life buh due to unforeseen circumstances not all can afford it.doesn't mean DAT since its not expensive den its no good.if I'm opportuned to put my children in upscale schools,den I most definitely will.

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  6. As long as you can afford it and you are doing it for the right reasons,then by all means take them to expensive schools. If not a moderate one would be okay.

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  7. the question is multi-layered, as it depends on several factors like chrissyinks pointed out.
    but the kids who went to the "British International", as well as those who roughed it out in "Akomolewa Nursery & Primary" are going to end up at the same University. Moreover, studies have shown that kids from "over-privileged" schools have less coping strategies at University.

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  8. Is the measure of schools simply based on school fees? A school in egbeda may be better than a school in VI in terms of actual value for several reasons...class size, staff quality (dedication and motivation, quality of curriculum, etc. So if Ikoyi school has a garbage curriculum, teachers who dont pay attention and make sure they understand the kids in their care.

    A lot of Nigerian parents are also unwilling to admit when their children have difficulty learning or actual learning disabilities. You can't teach a child will dsylexia how to do certain things a certain way. Richard Branson is a brilliant business man with dsylexia.

    Lets looks at education for what it actually is and not the price tag attached to it. Cheap or expensive school look at the actual service provided vs the bill.

    www.pynk360.com

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  9. Expensive isn't always better. Statistics show that students in public schools (the average schs) do better.

    Waec results in the last few years prove that. I ain't never heard that someone from BIS, Greensprings etc made the best grades. We hear of CKC Benincity, KC, QC, Finbarrs etc.

    A number of factors are involved.

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  10. The price doesn't matter as much as the quality of education and the calibre of teachers. For me, a child's nursery and primary education is most important cos its the foundation. Its when they learn about tenses and start to develop their analytical and verbal skills.

    If I can afford it, I will send my child to an expensive school as far as the quality of education (s)he will get will be top notch. Any school that will give me great education, well trained teachers/care givers and a safe learning environment(physical and mental) will have my child and money whether cheap or expensive.

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