- A Nigerian professor, Ndubuisi Ekekwe, posted a letter a Lagos state proprietress wrote to announce school fee increment in 1989
- Ndubuisi lamented how things have gone worse since then, asking how the whole situation could be fixed
- Apart from increasing the fee from N5 to N10, the school also revealed its new opening and closing hours
A Nigerian professor, Ndubuisi Ekekwe, has shared a letter reportedly written by a Lagos state school proprietress many years ago.
The letter was sent to parents informing them about a 100% school fee hike from N5 to N10 in 1989. Ndubuisi said that it is “very painful how Nigeria has lost it”.
In a LinkedIn post, he asked his followers what can be done to stop such practices. While Legit.ng cannot independently verify the letter, it has gathered many reactions on his social media account.
The memo was from a school called Rapid Private Lesson Home situated at 10 Rufai Street, Somolu.
A part of the letter reads:
“The School will commence by 8 am in the corning and close by 12 pm in the afternoon. Therefore, there will be an increase in fee ie fro N5 to N10”.
Many people have reacted to his post as some went down memory lane to when things were relatively cheap.
Below are some of the comments:
Olivier Malinur said:
"In 1989, that's when I arrived in Nigeria, 1 naira was 20 cents (5:1). When my wife was primary school teacher in the late 90s, she was getting 5000 nairas..."
"I sincerely believe that most of the things we imagine to be the cause or solution to our economic situation is way out of it...."
Micheal Oluwagbemi said:
"But this was when we lost it. When private schools took over the work of public education system and we allowed it happen."
Mutiu Abayomi said:
"In those hey days in Nigeria when the going was good and the economy was flourishing,, education was practically free in the six geopolitical zones at all level."
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that some private school teachers protested in the state over the non-payment of their salaries before Covid-19 lockdown.
They also said the situation is an injustice to them given the situation of things in the country. Words on their placards read: "Pay us our salary", "Pay us our wages", and "Enough is Enough."
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