Hope for Abuja Parents. … Some parents in Abuja claim that the FCT is one of the major cities in Nigeria where the cost of food is still within the reach of the common man. They say transportation is also relatively affordable compared to other major cities in Nigeria.
Two of the most painful expenditures in Abuja are said to be rent and Education with two bedroom apartment in regular areas like Garki and Wuse going for as much as N2million and 4 bedroom duplexes in not so posh areas costing up to N5million to N9,000,000. School fees is another ball game all together.
Truth be told there are quite a number of reputable schools in Abuja but most of them cost an arm and a leg. Abuja people have become more and more aware of the schools which a relatively affordable and still check all boxes in terms of curriculum, learning environment, very qualified and closely monitored teachers and encouragement to explore individual creativity.
One of these schools located in Apo resettlement, in the Lokogoma/ Apo Axis of Abuja. When we first visited Merosa Academy, Apo, Abuja, the imposing structure of the school from a distance did not prepare us for the calm, serene and naturally landscaped environment. We had heard their teachers were some of the best in the Abuja Academia, and this was quite evident as we watched the physical education tutors relate with and instruct their pupils at soccer practice. Also taking place in the premises were taekwondo, music lessons dancing and creative writing clubs.
The school is said to accommodate learners from preparatory to nursery/primary and the secondary school which we heard was about to include boarding facilities in the same vicinity. On further investigation, we found out that the school religiously maintains one teacher to 20 learners. Also every class seemed to be fitted with air conditioners. A sick bay and several school buses were visible. One of the teachers mentioned to us that library and science labs were stocked with books and specimen of international standard.
Our interactions with a few students revealed, courteous, well-mannered, articulate and extremely confident children with a world class outlook on life. Our conclusion was that if many other schools could duplicate these standards, there would be no real need to send ones children out of the Nigerian shores in pursuit of universally standardised education.