Nursery and Primary Schools in Nigeria

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Education Systems

Education in Nigeria is overseen by the Ministry of Education. Local authorities take responsibility for implementing policy for state-controlled public education and state schools at a regional level. The education system is divided into Kindergarten, primary education, secondary education and tertiary education.
There are numerous private, independent and publicly-funded nursery and primary schools available in Nigeria. Primary school students are required to take a Common Entrance Examination to qualify for admission into the Federal and State Government Secondary schools, as well as private ones.




The Universal Basic Education, UBE, came as a replacement of the Universal Primary Education and an innovation to enhance the success of the first nine years of schooling The UBE involves 6 years of Primary School education and 3 years of Junior Secondary School education, culminating in 9 years of uninterrupted schooling, and transition from one class to another is automatic but determined through continuous assessment. This scheme is monitored by the Universal Basic Education Commission, UBEC, and has made it "free", "compulsory" and a right of every child. Therefore, the UBEC law section 15 defines UBE as early childhood care and education.

 

Private and International Schools

There is high and positive level of academic performance for private schools in Nigeria. Private schools offer more accelerated college focused courses and are more intent on hurrying their students to go to college.

Most international school curricula in Nigeria follow British, American or International Baccalaureate standards. The quality of education tends to be high, and students need not worry about falling behind during their time abroad. Many are equipped with state-of-the-art facilities, and offer a healthy choice of extra-curricular activities.

Although some international schools may follow the format of the school year in their home country, the school year in Nigeria runs from January to December, and is divided into three semesters. The school day in Nigeria runs roughly between 8am and 3pm; timetables are subject to changes according to age level and institution.

Fees and admission
Parents should be fully aware that such a posh education amid a sea of sub-standard state options certainly comes at a price. On top of the high basic fees, other expenses can include school uniforms, text books, extra-curricular activities and transport.