Education and Nigeria’s Development

I am a product of the Nigerian public school education system. I started primary school education in September 1974. I didn’t pay any school fees at the time. Beyond non-payment of school fees we were given free textbooks and exercise books. The teachers were dedicated and dutiful. The same conditions: non-payment of school fees, free textbooks and exercise books applied when I entered secondary school in 1980. For my West Africa School Certificate Examination registration in 1985, I paid N60.00 (Sixty naira only). At this time, examination malpractice was not in our lexicon, it was a taboo.