COVID-19: Nigerians schooling in UK expected to pay more tuition as pandemic bites harder

COVID-19: Nigerians schooling in UK expected to pay more tuition as pandemic bites harder

- The outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic continues to affect the economy globally including payment of school fees

- As a result of this, Nigerians schooling abroad are now faced with the challenge of paying outrageous tuition fees

- Nigerian parents who send their children to the UK for education pay more than the federal government's budget

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As a result of the outbreak of the coronavirus which has affected the economy globally, Nigerian students who are schooling abroad are now faced with the challenge of sky-high fees.

The global pandemic has unfortunately dislocated their study, but resorting to the educational sector in Nigeria, is a miserable choice many would not like to make.

A report by Nairametrics indicates that Nigerians who study in London annually part with about £16,000 (N7,660,466). For each month of stay, international students pay a minimum of £1,265 (N602,661) for visas while those who choose to stay outside London pay at least £1,000 (N476,412) per month.

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This is to prove that they can cover the cost of living in the United Kingdom. The average cost of living for international students per year is £12,180 (N5,802,698). It could be lower or higher, depending on which part of the UK a student wishes to study.

Nigerians pay N152b tuition in UK
The outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic continues to affect the economy globally, including payment of school fees.
Source: UGC

Undergraduate fees for international students from outside the European Union starts around £10,000 per year, according to Study

For the postgraduate level, if you wish to study medicine or an MBA, fees start at around £12,000, and students may have to pay about £32,000 per year.

According to the report, Nigerians who wish to send their children to the UK to be schooled spend more than the federal government’s yearly budget of $750 million.

Back in 2017, Nigerian parents spent $423 million in the UK (N152 billion) while another estimate puts the total average cost of studying in the UK at £22,200 or $31,380 per year.

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But with the economy declining globally as a result of the pandemic, many Nigerian students schooling abroad may have a hard time paying. This is coupled with the fact that naira’s value has depreciated.

Speaking to The Guardian, Mojisola Aluko, a law student at Middlesex University, London, noted that education in the UK is very expensive. Mojisola pays £12,500 as tuition, £6,000 for accommodation and has a monthly feeding allowance of £300.

She ruled out going back to Nigerian schools noting that since the outbreak schools have been shut down and the institutions didn't have a stable academic calendar.

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Earlier, reported that some Nigerian students studying in Europe on the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) scholarship, have said they are stranded abroad because of the alleged lack of funding from the commission.

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The students told Senate president, Ahmad Lawan, in a letter that life has been challenging for them due to the Covid-19 pandemic. They said the pandemic has prevented them from even engaging in menial jobs for survival.

In the letter, the students said their difficulty was compounded by the fact that the NDDC failed to pay for their tuition and upkeep of all the other students who were able to leave Nigeria for their respective schools in the UK.

In other news, a Nigerian man has shared a story of how he and others were abandoned by Nigeria and recognized by other countries.

The man identified as Chidozie Ojobor said after he and some of his friends passed a scholarship designed for first-class Nigerian graduates who wanted to pursue both masters and PhD in any top 25 universities in the world, their hopes were dashed.

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According to him, in 2014, ex-president Goodluck Jonathan introduced the Presidential Special Scholarship (PRESSID) in order to build a strong team of brilliant Nigerians who will come back to serve the country years later.

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