Interesting Facts About Education In Nigeria

Date: 24-05-2019 10:49 am (2 years ago) | Author: Daniel Bosai
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Nigeria is one of the most diverse countries in Western Africa. You should visit if you want to celebrate and absorb the rich African culture. Nowadays, many international students choose Nigeria as a place to study. You will experience the unique customs and traditions of the 500 ethnic groups for whom Nigeria is home.

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Nigeria offers students a lot of educational and cultural opportunities. All interests will be met here. It is essential to mention that Nigeria is the birthplace to many world-renowned writers and novelists. Nigerian people love soccer, and you will recognize many Nigerian soccer players, who make their sports career on top-rated international teams all around the world.

Nigerian culture is famous for its food. So if you decide to study there, you will have a unique opportunity to taste Nigerian cuisine, which highlights the rich spices of the African continent. Nigeria is one of the most colorful countries, which opens incredible opportunities for both local and international students.

Let’s have a glance at the exciting and essential facts about higher education in Nigeria:

Nigeria has 165 universities. Higher education keeps on growing and improving the quality of education. You can choose between 43 federal, 75 private, and 47 state universities in Nigeria. All universities are approved by the National Universities Commission (NUC) as of 2018.

Private universities have fewer students compared to federal and state institutions. You will be surprised that only 5% of all prospective students apply to private universities, around 70% of students apply to federal universities, and 27% of students apply to state universities.

The oldest higher educational establishment in Nigeria is the University of Ibadan. Nigeria gained its independence in 1960, but the country opened its first university several years before independence. In the beginning, they opened Yaba College in 1932 and opened its doors to many students. In fact, it is the oldest educational institution in Nigeria. In 1948, Yaba College moved to Ibadan, where it was upgraded to the University College of Ibadan and a bit later to the University of Ibadan.

The number of students who apply to Nigerian universities is more than the available seats.. So, there are 165 universities in Nigeria, but not all students can get a spot. You will be surprised to know that only one in three applicants can gain admission to university.

The educational system in Nigeria is called “Tertiary,” and it is not only about universities. There are many polytechnical institutes, monotechnics, and colleges in Nigeria. Universities are controlled by NUC, while schools, mono-technics, and colleges are under control by the National Board of Technical Education (NBTE). There are 107 polytechnic institutes, 27 mono-technical colleges, around 220 colleges, and 84 recognized teacher training colleges.

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board was established in 1978, and since then the number of universities has increased a lot.

Not that long ago there was an old-style “pass” classification for university degrees. Now it has been removed. The system works like this: the first class (A grade 70-100%), the second class upper (B grade 60-69%), the second class lower (C grade 50-59%) and the third class (D grades 45-49%) degrees. If a student has a score 44 or below, he or she will fail to receive the degree.

One of the biggest problems of higher education in Nigeria is that it suffers from underfunding, fund misappropriation, and colossal corruption. For the last years the government has increased the budget for the development of higher education. Still, this sector is severely underfunded. This leads to decreasing quality of higher education. Very often the little amount of money, which flows into the universities, gets misappropriated. Some students complain that teachers take bribes from students.

It is a fact that many Nigerian students choose to go to foreign countries to get their higher education. Some students make their decision not to receive their higher education in Nigeria due to the poor quality of tertiary education. Unfortunately, many Nigerian universities do not meet the demand.

The most popular study destinations among students are the United Kingdom, Ghana, United States, Malaysia, and Saudi Arabia. The majority of students seek higher education in the following fields: business, engineering, medicine, law, social sciences, environmental sciences, and physical sciences.

Teaching in Nigeria, as well as in many other developing countries, has been viewed as the primary contributor to national development. There are still many problems to solve. The most important, that young people have the motivation to study and build a better future.

Posted: at 24-05-2019 10:49 AM (2 years ago) | Hero
- lakersgirl at 11-05-2020 07:12 AM (1 year ago)
This is an interesting article, thank you!
Posted: at 11-05-2020 07:12 AM (1 year ago) | Newbie
- Gloodwin at 18-05-2020 07:21 AM (1 year ago)
Great info, thanks for sharing.
Posted: at 18-05-2020 07:21 AM (1 year ago) | Newbie