Port Harcourt - National curriculum
The country adopted a 6-3-3-4 educational policy in 1982. The policy requires six years primary education, a two-tier (3-year junior, 3-year senior) secondary education and four years of University education. There are 31 universities in Nigeria today.
Primary education is free and compulsory, the language of education is english.
Apart from fully funding primary education all around the country, the government also runs secondary schools, and funds technical colleges, polytechnics and universities in all states of Nigeria. In addition, there are hundreds of privately-owned schools duly approved by government for the benefit of those who prefer to send their children to private schools.
While literacy rate stands at about 50 per cent, the highest in Africa, the goal of Nigeria is to eradicate illiteracy in the shortest time possible. There are more than 18 million students in Nigerian schools at all levels.
At present most Nigerian children receive at least some primary education, even though quality and availability of primary schools are subjects of debate. In the cities, like Lagos or Port Harcourt, most people have some reading and writing ability in English, but is less evident in the rural areas.
The increasing population of secondary school graduates, and the traditional enthusiasm for education have led to severe overcrowding in all these institutions, and as with the state owned primary schools, there is considerable concern about the quality of tertiary education.
There are a number of private primary and secondary schools in the country but no private Universities although private polytechnics abound.