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Dr, you are right two things. The first one being that quality education cannot be cheap. The second one that Nigeria and Nigerians must choose between cheap but low quality education or expensive but high quality.
Where I disagree is who pays or subsidises the expenses of educating Nigeria, the poverty capital of the world.
Dr, you mentioned the fact that you paid 4 million naira a year for your PhD. This is an equivalent of about €12,000. The minimum wage in Holland is around €1600 (540000 naira)
Again, you paid €12,000 as an international student sir, not as a citizen. University degree for cititenzs is about €2,060/Yr. For international student it is between €6000 - €20000. Again, minimum wage in Holland is €1,600. We are still dragging 22,500 naira in Nigeria.
Education is a means to an end, not an end in itself. Developed countries and the seriously developing ones are investing in education just to solve societal problems that are peculiar to them first and then to the world.
If we must start paying that high in search of high quality education, just a small few will afford it. It will translate to fewer skilled labour.
Income and opportunity inequality will widen. That means more poverty. And when the poor people have nothing else to eat, they will turn to the rich.
I forgot to add that if Nigeria is poor to pay her workers more than 19000 naira minimum wage, how do we expect Nigerians to pay thousands of euros for university education.
We can decide to look at the American or UK model for tuition, but we can also learn from countries like Poland, Hungary, Finland and Norway. Education is free and qualitative from creche to PhD.
Who pays? The government. Let's knock the blade on its edge. Awful leadership is the bane of our education. How much has our successive governments invested or borrowed for educating their citizens?
Burdening Nigerians with huge tuition in the name of quality in a country where a governor is filmed stashing bundles of dollars in agbada is not the way forward.
Education for a struggling country as Nigeria should not be a privilege, but a civic duty and it must be done with much ease.
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