The children of these days are fun conscious and do not
want to suffer for a second, if they suffer for an hour, in a term, as a result
of power failure, don’t be surprised that they may not resume in the same
school the following term because, they would have reported how they suffer
power failure to their parents during the holiday.
There are private schools with full air-conditioned classrooms,
laboratories, computer and ICT facilities etc. In such schools, you don’t
expect school fees to be in the neighbourhood of N10, 000. If you have between
6 and 10 fully air-conditioned classrooms in a school, you cannot power the air
conditioners and other facilities with “I better pass my neighbour” generator.
You need a generating set of between N500, 000 and N2, 000,000 to power the
classrooms at the same time.
The cost of maintaining the generator is another challenge which you have to
consider. You will pay the engineers who will work on them time to time, so
that it will not breakdown and make your students suffer. The power firm (Power
Holdings Company of Nigeria – PHCN) is not reliable. This is a country where
you cannot boast of five hours of electricity on daily basis. Most times the
voltage is so low that it cannot power a television set.
Time will fail me to tell you that the air conditioners will develop fault
occasionally and you will need to fix them.
Each electronic board in classrooms runs to N250, 000 each, you have plastic
chairs and lockers to buy and maintain in private schools. In how many public
primary or secondary schools will you find the facilities that I have mentioned
above? Many public schools cannot boast of good and working fans. How will the
students cope with their studies during hot weather? There are differences in
what take place in a classroom with dilapidated building structures and bad
roof that can only make learning a hell on earth and another classroom that is
well ventilated and equipped with facilities that will make learning a fun to
Aside the cost of building and daily running of private schools, the quality of
teachers employed in different private schools is another factor to be
considered. Many people are quick to judge private schools over their fees.
Some will say, the schools take so much from parents and pay little to staff.
Well, that depends on the school your child attends. There are private schools
that pay their staff well above what obtains in public sector. There are
schools that give out cars, generating sets, refrigerators, and television sets
etc., as “thank you” gifts to outstanding teachers, but nobody will speak about
How do you expect a school with N10, 000 as the entire fees in a secondary
school to still be able to buy a car for any of the staff having paid the staff
salaries for the term – that is three to four (3 – 4) months, meet other
necessary expenses and still afford a car as gift to a teacher? But, there are schools,
private ones in Abuja, Lagos, Port Harcourt, and Kaduna etc., who roll out
gifts at the end of each session to both outstanding teaching and non teaching
staff. There are schools with foreign administrators, there are private schools
with experienced and highly qualified Nigerian administrators and staff.
Watch out for PART 3