Foreign education should be made exempt from currency restrictions to ensure Nigerian families are not penalised for wanting the best international education for their children, according to Abbey DLD Group of Colleges, a United Kingdom pre-university school.
The UK has an international reputation for the quality of its education system and qualifications offered by British schools, colleges and universities are recognised globally as hallmarks of excellence and distinction.
At a media briefing in Abuja, the Students Admissions Manager for UK’s Abbey DLD Group of Colleges in Africa, Mr. Muazu Jalaluddeen, disclosed that there are still many wealthy Nigerian parents who are prepared to pay for high quality education for their children.
“While the government’s restrictions have caused the cost of UK education to rise for Nigerian families, there are still many wealthy Nigerians who want the best for their children and are prepared to pay for high quality education.
“We hope that the government will exempt foreign education from currency restrictions in the future. We need to ensure that Nigerian families are not penalised for wanting the best international education for their children,” said Mr. Jalaluddeen.
One of the biggest legacies parents can leave to their children, he argued, is high quality education such as the one offered by Abbey DLD Group of Colleges, a set of pre-university schools that prepare students for admissions in some of UK’s most prestigious universities.
Most Nigerian students often complete their secondary school education with an O’Level which is not the same as the required A Levels needed to gain entry into UK’s universities.
“Our courses include comprehensive GCSE, A Level Programmes and a number of International Foundation Programmes,” he said, adding that going to pre-university schools in the UK such as Abbey DLD allows Nigerian students to “acclimatise” and achieve the grades they need to outdo other international students competing for places at top UK universities.
He said Abbey DLD’s Nigerian students come from the country’s most wealthy and successful families and it is expected that the fall in naira will increase the cost.
“But, we expect it to have minimal impact on the number of Nigerian admissions over the long term. Due to our success at securing top university places we are still recruiting excellent students from Nigeria,” he said.
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