How Much Do Teachers Earn in Private Schools in Nigeria?

Teachers in Nigeria

Private school teachers are dissimilar from public school teachers in a sense that they are not obliged by their school to obtain a state license. A public school requires one. In times gone by, private school teachers’ salaries have been less than those in the public school sector.


Years ago teachers would accept a position in a private school for smaller amount of money simply because they felt that the teaching atmosphere was friendlier. Or maybe they measured it as a mission or calling. That is usually not the case anymore.


Private schools have had to struggle for a lesser pool of well-qualified teachers. Public school teachers’ pay has risen markedly. The same is true of private teachers’ pay. Private schools now pay especially close to what public schools pay.


As you might expect, there are disproportions in private school teacher salaries. On the stumpy conclusion of the reimbursement spectrum are unsophisticated schools.


The mission connotations still exist in religious schools. At the other end of the balance are the deep-rooted autonomous schools. Why is this? They have been in industry for numerous decades, have massive endowments and a trustworthy former students base on which to draw for support.


When you scrutinize these wealthy schools, you begin to recognize why they can and do pull towards them the brightest and best in the teaching profession.


Boarding schools characteristically necessitate staff to live on campus in school-provided housing. Since housing is normally about 25 to 30% of an individual’s living expenses, this often is a significant advantage, especially in a high cost of housing part of the country.


Private school pensions now contend those offered in the public sector, making that aspect of private school employment quite competitive.


Typically, private school teachers’ salaries are generated from pupil’s or students’ tuition fee.  Their pay is also meager but the proprietor or proprietress retains most of the profit made from the school.


Generally, due to falling standard f education in Nigeria, teaching profession is no longer, attractive as it used to be and teachers’ remunerations are also very poor both for private and public school. This is the reason why most teachers engage in other businesses to make end meet. They often times do these businesses even within the stipulated time for school activities. This happens very often in public school.


Again, there is no law in Nigeria regulating how much a private school teacher should be paid and the yard stick to measure the level. This means that the amount you receive for your salary depends largely on the size of the school in terms of the population of the students, the location of the school i.e. whether the school is located in rural area or in an urban area, the tuition fees of the students, and how sophisticated is the school as well as your academic qualification plus whether the school is accredited or not.


The salary of the private school teachers based on the criteria above can range from 10,600.00 Naira to up to 100 thousand naira for some good schools in the cities like those on the Lagos Island which pay close to 100k for senior teachers.


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