Rising School Fees Burden Nigerian Parents Amid Economic Challenges
As schools in Nigeria reopen for a new academic term, parents are grappling with the harsh reality of increasing school fees. The resumption coincides with an economy marked by skyrocketing fuel prices and rising living costs.
The removal of fuel subsidies has led to a staggering rise in fuel prices, from N197 per litre to N615 per litre. This has not only impacted transportation costs but has also driven up the overall cost of living, including school expenses.
The first term of the academic year typically brings additional financial burdens for students and parents, with the need for new uniforms, textbooks, and school supplies.
Compounding the situation further, many schools in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and across the states have quietly increased their fees and logistics charges. For example, a secondary school in Orozo, Abuja, raised its fees from N2.8 million per term to N3.87 million, while another in Jabi increased fees for Junior students from N3.8 million to N4.5 million.
Parents are expressing their concerns and urging both the government and school proprietors to reconsider these fee hikes. They call on the government to take action to mitigate the impact of fuel subsidy removal and request transparency and fairness in fee adjustments.
While parents acknowledge the necessity for schools to cover their costs, they are increasingly burdened by the rising prices of school materials and sudden fee increases. Many are making sacrifices in other aspects of their lives to ensure their children can continue their education.
The rising cost of education in Nigeria has become a critical issue, affecting both parents and students. It is hoped that solutions can be found to ease the financial burden on parents while ensuring quality education for the nation’s youth.