6 reasons ​you shouldn’t attend a private university

Federal University of Technology, Akure

Many Nigerian students these days often move quickly to queue for private universities when making a choice of institution.

I agree that private universities have advantages like the absence of strike, easy access to lecturers… Well, that’s about all.

Public universities, federal and state, have a lot of advantages, from cheaper school fees, to the freedom to be an adult. Public universities expose you to the real world, introduces you to the hustle of life unlike private universities that consist of a lot of brats who are literally spoon-fed. They are so pampered, ​making difficult to face the real world when they become graduates.

So here’s my case for choosing a public university.

1. Public universities allow for freedom and independence:

Students in public universities enjoy the freedom to make decisions for themselves and learn to be almost independent. Private universities keep students within the four walls of their campuses and under certain rules more suited for teenagers than young adults. The laws in public universities are not imposed on the students; they are just the basic principles a normal student is meant to follow. It’s funny when I see pictures of private university students being punished or hear of certain rules like compulsory attendance of chapel, feeding time tables, dress codes, e.t.c​.​ It is absurd; these are adults​!​

2. Cost of education:

It is a lot cheaper to attend public university than a private one and this is not limited to school fees. Cost of living on public universities is also cheaper. Students cook their own meals and hav​e access to shops on campus and in town where prices of goods and services are competitive. On the other hand, the cost of living on a private university secluded campus for one semester is enough to build a house.

3. Public university g​ives “exposure” to students:

It’s more than obvious that public university students are ​”​sharper​”​ than private university students. Private university students who are often referred to as “JJC” or “Learners” by public university students, live what I term “the microwave life” which is the easy life.

In federal universities you get to meet all sorts: from cultists to Aristo chicks, people with different personalities. It makes one exposed to what life really is. One is exposed to the hustle and learns how to struggle for things. There are still brats in federal universities but most of them get to grow up when exposed to the hustle.

4. Life on and off campus is FUN:

There are so many parties to attend, clubs and events. One gets to meet real people, one also learns to be real. There is a lot of gist and gossip, lot of things to laugh at. Rather than chapel, it’s clubbing. Dating is even fun in federal schools. Couples express love without fear as adults. One gets to see students that are rich and poor mingling as equals; students who express themselves through their dressing and not relegated to some uniform.

5. Hard work is compulsory

Students in public universities have work​ed​ through exceptional odds to succeed; challenges that help one not take life for granted. Imagine a department of over a thousand students with a very small lecture hall or a lecturer who spends only twenty minutes in a class where he is meant to spend two hours, or one who only gives handouts. Faced with issues like these, students work extra hard to come out with well-deserved results.

6. Public universities produce more mature graduates:

With all the challenges: strikes, nonchalant lecturers, freedom to express yourself as adult etc, public universities are more equipped for life after graduation. They know that things would not just be handed to them and are used to making decisions for themselves.


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  • amazing2012

    Excellent, those who believe on public Universities absence of strike is actually as the result of huge financial contribution they give to the school. For instance if you can spent 50% of what you spent in private university to public university and the money Is judicially use such public schools will no longer go on strike. We can do so by becoming responsible to ourselves through supervision on projects by the teachers and parent associations. Our problem is that no one ever want to work for what we call communitee service/ responsibility. Again most of those who take their children to private universities are the one who destroy the public schools through corruption. If public office holders will take their children abroad for school with public money , so who is responsible to public schools ?
    Even those working at the education sectors do not believe in iur education system while same people destroy it.

  • Nnamdi

    I disagree with much of the content here. Even so, I respect the writers opinion and believe he/she is entitled to it.

  • Genusa

    The Prof. need to read the bill by himself, and make the right inputs or corrections. Before I read Senator Chris Anyawu response to the Prof, I was confused of what Prof is crying wolf for. Prof. should be the least person to go against such fine bill considering his position in the society. Our dear prof. we now expect to advise the president properly.

  • Ali Falalu

    NOW PROF. SHOULD THINK BEFORE HE LEAPS, NOT TALKING BECAUSE OF “TALKING”

  • Salvage Naija

    Because of all these misconceptions, can we just see the bill that was passed. It will lay to rest all the allegations and counter allegations.

  • Akhabue Emmanuel Richards

    Senator Anyanwu’s reply is most decent reply I have seen in most recent time, decorum was maintained, the tone was mild, while the meesage was passed across… My dearest Prof. Let’s see where we can make amends to the bill before the president finally assents to it, it’s always better to jaw-jaw than to war-war….

  • omolaja nofiu

    A good one from Chris Anyanwu. I believe this is how to strongly and logically present our disagreement with others without resorting to insults and abuse which have become the hallmark of some people online. I also hope the Prof will read the bill again and where necessary correct the impression he had earlier created.

  • Lim Med

    THE Professor is not at fault here the bill and Legislation needs to be published and circulated for all to read not just by a few Senators who interpret as they see it. All Nigerians need to know when they are crossing the line ad where the line is.

  • OmoLasgidi

    Chris got it wrong! The Prof was not inferring that the bill be thrown out – the issue is the age. Chris is actually the one in the dark here – she needs to go back and review “her” bill and the “Yerima et al” version thatvis beimg smuggled to the President for assent. Her assumption that the Prof was referring to Yerima, and directly mentioning him by name was quite unprofessional of a supposed journalist of many years of repute! Nigeria na wa – she ended up coming across as a local professional!

  • david

    Chris, your devilish Act of lesbianism is fast changing you into a man look at you, shamless woman. ALLMIGHTY GOD will expose you one day.

  • Nweke Celestine

    How i wish you could publish an excerpt of this portion of the bill to correct this impression which has spread far & wide. If a renowned prof like Soyinka could be fed with an erroneous information like this, think of what it would be to the ordinary Nigerian. Remain blessed.

  • Ebube

    Chris is in in search of relevance. No doubt, and what better way to attain this than attack a professor or better still, an elder..
    So because she sponsors a bill, does that then make it her personal property? What level of unrestrained self immersion is this? The professor was attacking the outcome of the bill after it had been bastardized by the Jonathan gang. Indeed it was a bastardization that ought to offend Chris herself because what she drafted was not the finally became an Act. I thought she should be thanking the Professor.
    Chris must no let us leap in joy that Imo state was saved beyond words from the prospect of her botched governorship after all.. . Ha, simple comprehension test!!

  • Freddie

    Hmm. Not all private universities are just “higher secondary schools”, as a friend of mine so aptly put it. I think it makes sense that some parents would like to send their kids to private universities. Some of them have constant electricity, wifi, a great environment, and the lecturers don’t get so snappy ecause they get paid well. I have heard that living conditions and classroom conditions aren’t very good in government universities, but I honestly don’t know. Anywho, I guess everyone is entitled to their opinion.