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Two young girls who benefit from the 'private' schooling in Makoko shantytown (photo: P Dixon)

Geopolitics: Nigeria education chief damns private schools a 'status symbol'

GIS expert Dr Pauline Dixon concludes her series of special reports on education in developing countries where she finds that despite grinding poverty, poor parents will choose to send their children to fee-paying schools rather than the low-attaining free government schools.

POOR parents who send their children to fee paying schools do so as a ‘status symbol’.

This claim was made by a government administrator in Nigeria when quizzed by education researchers about the low attendances and achievement levels at state-run schools compared with those at fee-paying schools.

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Dr. Pauline Dixon
Parents would rather scrape together the few cents or dollars a day to provide what they feel is an education that could help release their child from a future of grinding poverty
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