Quest for foreign degrees by Nigerians linked to poor educational system: NOI Poll

by on January 30, 2016


Abuja, Nigeria. January 19th, 2016 – A new public opinion poll in Nigeria released by NOIPolls has revealed that the poor perception of Nigerians towards the country’s educational system is currently fueling an upsurge in the number of citizens seeking to pursue foreign degrees abroad. This was followed by the perception that foreign certificates are granted higher value than local certificates; and the consideration that foreign environments tend to be more conducive for studies due to the availability of modern educational facilities and absence of incessant strike actions.


Interestingly, 4 in 10 Nigerians (42 percent) claim they know someone (either friend or relative) who studied, or currently studying, abroad; and further identified the United Kingdom (27 percent), USA (23 percent), Malaysia (16 percent), Ghana (12 percent) and Canada (8 percent) as top educational destinations amongst others. Similarly, majority of respondents polled maintained that Nigerians with foreign degrees and certificates fare better than their local counterparts, particularly in terms of academic performance (43 percent), job excellence (50 percent) and societal contribution (39 percent).

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In conclusion, Nigeria loses billions in foreign exchange annually through Nigerians studying abroad. These are funds if invested in the country would contribute to improving the educational sector. There is also the issue of brain drain arising from many of the students who often opt to remain in the countries of studies, thus depriving the nation of their skills and knowledge which could have been deployed to moving the country forward. There’s need for collaborative efforts in addressing the issues facing Nigeria’s educational sector. Funding remains a big issue, as the current budgetary allocation to the sector remains a far cry from UNESCO’s recommendation of 26 percent budget to education. We definitely need new thinking, innovation and creative solutions to tackling the issues head on.


Survey Methods

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The opinion poll was conducted in the week of January 18th 2016. It involved telephone interviews of a random nationwide sample. 1,000 randomly selected phone-owning Nigerians aged 18 years and above, representing the six geopolitical zones in the country, were interviewed. With a sample of this size, we can say with 95% confidence that the results obtained are statistically precise – within a range of plus or minus 3%. NOIPolls Limited is the No1 for country specific polling services in West Africa, We conduct periodic opinion polls and studies on various socio-economic and political issues in Nigeria. More information is available at www.noi-polls.com



This press release has been produced by NOIPolls Limited to provide information on all issues which form the subject matter of the document. Kindly note that while we are willing to share results from our polls with the general public, we only request that NOIPolls be acknowledged as author whenever and wherever our poll results are used, cited or published.

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NOIPolls hereby certifies that all the views expressed in this document accurately reflect its views of respondents surveyed for the poll, and background information is based on information from various sources that it believes are reliable; however, no representation is made that it is accurate or complete. Whilst reasonable care has been taken in preparing this document, no responsibility or liability is accepted for errors or fact or for any views expressed herein by NOIPolls for actions taken as a result of information provided in this report. Any ratings, forecasts, estimates, opinions or views herein constitute a judgment as at the date of this document. If the date of this document is not current, the views and content may not reflect NOIPolls’ current findings and/or thinking.


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