Nigeria's Ancient Secondary Schools
Nigeria has thousands of secondary schools scattered all over the nook and crannies of the country. But many Nigerians might not be aware that some of these schools have been in existence even before their parents were born.
A Nigerian on Nigeria's biggest online forum, Nairaland, with the moniker, PrinceDebola201 has compiled a list comprising 10 secondary schools that are the oldest in the country.
1. CMS Grammar School, Lagos (1859)
2. Methodist Boys High School, Lagos (1878)
3. Methodist Girls High School, Lagos (1879)
4. Baptist Academy, Lagos : 1885
5. Hope Waddell Training Institute, Calabar, is
established as Nigeria's first east of the Niger
secondary school in 1895
6. The old Wesley college Elekuro now Wesley
college of science, Ibadan (1905), Methodist Boys' High School, Oron (1905).
7. Abeokuta Grammar School, Ogun (1908)
8. Kings College , Lagos (1909)
9. Alhuda College, Zaria (1910)
10. Ijebu-Ode Grammar School, Ogun (1913), Eko Boys High School, Lagos (1913).
The schools listed above are very popular in the country as they are controlled by the federal government and have a large population of students and Alma-mater, with some of their associations becoming influential in the country because of the calibre of men and in some cases, women that graduate from the schools.
In those days, students who gain admission into these schools see it as a privilege because they were the best schools in town are were very strict in admitting students. But unfortunately, some of these schools, if not all of them, are living in past glories.
Many of them do not have the same kind of teachers and teaching facilities that made them to be the choice schools back then.
Instead what we have now are expensive, private and well-managed schools, dictating the pace in the Nigerian educational sector while their counterparts owned by and manged by the government are starved of funds.
It is important for the government to pump more funds into these schools to keep them running and enable them compete with the private-owned schools and ultimately bring back the glory days so that they can be the once attractive schools they were in the past.