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Short Essay: the reasons why children in My area drop out of school and Ways to Minimize It

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Short Essay: the reasons why children in My area drop out of school and Ways to Minimize It by : 3:46 pm On May 15, 2018

Write an article for publication in your school magazine, discussing the reasons why children in your area drop out of school and suggesting ways of minimizing this negative trend.


Considering the rate at which youths of today are becoming nuisance to the society at large calls for concern as the major cause of this problem is the ever rising cost of education in our country Nigeria.

First and foremost, many Nigerian youths who would have become a useful manpower for the advancement of the country could not achieve their aims as a result of the inability of their parents to pay their school fees.

A case study is that of Lagos State University – LASU – Where school fees were increased from four thousand five hundred naira to forty-five thousand naira. Despite the hues and cries of both students and parents, the institution went ahead to implement the hike with an ultimatum for payment. This of course sent many of the youths back to the streets-what a pity!

Besides, the failure of many students to secure admission into the university of their choice resulted into majority of them going for the part-time studies. This in essence led many institutions of higher learning to increase t heir school fees since the demand for admission became explosive. The explosion in the rush for admission was properly utilized hence parents had to pay through their nose.

The various tertiary institutions in Nigeria today are going through various forms of renovation in terms of lecture halls and residential halls. It became obvious that majority of the tertiary institutions are doing this to find means of increasing their fees through the hostel accommodation which one thought at first was a way of making life easier for students. What do we come to realize at the end? Increase of course! No sooner the renovated halls are ready, the university or polytechnic or college of education will go plc, and private individuals would manage the halls of residence with high cost of rent-age. This of course is not good enough for our tertiary education as most candidates and students in such institutions will find life meaningless when they can’t get their desire goals.

The above causes of ever rising cost of tertiary education would not be complete if the high cost of Joint Admissions and Matriculation Examination JAMB which is for only one day is not mentioned. Compare the cost of JAMB examination of only one day to that of the GCE that runs for a month or so, ne would see that the rising cost of education in Nigeria called for remedy.

The following, I believe, would serve as solutions to the rising cost of education. In the first place, all tertiary institutions should build more hostels to accommodate students with moderate fees. This in no small way will help students who live off-campus and on-campus alike.

There should also be a reduction in the form fees, scratch card and that of other expenses incurred by students.

Government should found the tertiary education to perform better. Government should sanction banks that charge higher rate for their scratch car. All these done, I believe the cost of education in our tertiary intuitions will become low.


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