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Expats with children moving to Lagos will have a lot to think about regarding education and schools. Most parents in Lagos who can afford it send their children to private international schools in Lagos, of which there are a number to choose from. The majority of these schools follow the British, American or International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum.
Public schools in Lagos
Public schools across the country battle with underfunded infrastructure and limited resources; this is no different in Lagos. On paper, the education system appears well rounded, teaching a range of subjects at primary and secondary levels, with opportunities for vocational training. In reality, though, standards are poor; families who can afford private education prefer to send their children to these fee-paying schools. Private schools in Lagos largely consist of schools following an international curriculum.
International schools in Lagos
The quality of education at international schools in Lagos tends to be high. Many of these schools are also equipped with state-of-the-art facilities and offer a healthy choice of extra-curricular activities.
Expats living in Lagos should be aware that education at international schools comes at a high price. We highly recommend that expats working in Lagos negotiate tuition allowances in their employment contract. Admission to the best schools in Lagos is competitive as space is limited. It's best to start application processes as early as possible, and we also suggest asking the employing organisation if they are affiliated with any international schools.
Some companies also provide transport to and from particular schools for the children of their employees; an important perk considering the traffic and congestion that parents would have to personally contend with if driving their children to and from school every day. Expats should enquire within their company about this before enrolling.
Nurseries in Lagos
Expats moving to Lagos with infants will discover many daycare centres and crèches as well as preschools. Finding the best-suited kindergarten in Lagos will likely depend on the area in which it is located and how far it is from one's home as traffic can be chaotic. There are many nurseries in Victoria Island and Lagos Island, areas where expats are likely to find themselves living.
Special needs education in Lagos
Despite a push for integrating special needs education with typical classrooms, most schooling opportunities for students with disabilities and disorders are limited to separate schools. Greater awareness is being raised for inclusive education, and some international schools in Lagos provide extra support, such as counselling and assistant teachers. However, the standard and extent of these services will vary and not all schools have the same capacity to provide for a full spectrum of needs. We recommend that parents contact the schools directly.
Homeschooling in Lagos
Homeschooling in Lagos is possible, though the laws and policies guiding it are minimal. Most local and expat parents choose traditional schooling, but homeschooling comes with its own benefits. International schools come with exorbitant fees while, with homeschooling, parents can have full choice over the curriculum and style of teaching.
Many international schools offer a homeschool programme or distance learning element, and this is an additional option and source of useful materials.
Tutors in Lagos
Children needing extra classes can find tutors through private tutoring companies in Lagos or through online portals such as TeacherOn. Networking can also benefit parents to connect with other families and teachers for advice on tutoring options.
►Learn more about the Nigerian education system in Education and Schools in Nigeria
►For a list of international schools in the commercial capital, see International Schools in Lagos
"The Indian Language School (ILS) has a CBSE curriculum. It has more than 2000 students and offers facilities like swimming, football, cricket, badminton and other sports. The effort taken by the teachers, not only in teaching, but also in leading extra curricular activities is simply commendable." Read more on schools in Lagos in our interview with Anvaya.
"There are LOTS of schools, at all different ranges. It really depends on what you want for your child’s education." For more, check out this interview with Vena Namukasa.
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