TEACHING ENGLISH IN NIGERIA

Nigeria is a country rich in culture with 250 ethnic groups and more than 520 languages. It has the largest population of all African countries.  The government is working hard in order to make the country one of the leading economies in the world.  There are both public/government schools as well as private schools in Nigeria. The public schools are owned and managed by state and federal government; they offer free education to Nigerian citizens.  The government works hard on improving school attendance.  In contrast, private schools ask for tuition but are favored by many people.

Public School

Most of the demand for teachers in the public education system falls within the elementary schools. Only 32% of males and 27% of females go through middle or even high school education due to the poor infrastructure, poverty, and lack of qualified teachers.

 

It may be a challenge to go through the Nigerian Ministry of Education to find teaching positions, but there is no doubt that Nigeria could need a little help from international teachers.

 

Private International Schools

It is much easier to find a teaching position with a private educational institution because you don’t have to go through the application process of the Ministry of Education.   While the demands of different institutions may vary, most international teachers will be expected to teach English classes and possess a teaching credential. Some teachers also teach privately as tutors to supplement their income.

Volunteer Work

There are many orphanages and non-profit organizations in Nigeria that are constantly looking for international volunteers to teach local children in need. Since these teaching opportunities are done on a volunteer basis, organizations often only require volunteers to have a high school diploma as well as the heart to help some of the least fortunate citizens in Nigeria.

How to Look for Teaching Jobs

The most effective way of looking for a teaching job in Nigeria is to apply to a teaching program that can arrange specific teaching placements with local schools. The highest demand for TEFL teachers is in August—just before the school starts. ITTI Lagos will be able to support those who wish to teach in Nigeria with the proper guidance.

Required Qualifications

Since most teach abroad jobs in Nigeria are offered through private schools, the educational requirements may vary.  With a Bachelor’s degree in a subject area and a TEFL certificate, you will be well on your way to landing a rewarding teaching position in one of Nigeria’s private schools.  For those planning to teach in a public school, the Nigerian Ministry of Education requires all candidates to have a Bachelor's degree in education or in a specific subject area.

Teacher Compensation

50,000 Nigerian Naira; due to the lack of funding, public school teachers in Nigeria earn much less than private school teachers.   As a teacher of a private international school, you may go home with double the amount in your pocket. However, don't let this worry you too much. Many teach-abroad programs will provide you with a salary that you can live on and not be dependent on the Nigerian government’s budget. Volunteer teachers are usually provided with room and board and some pocket money while teaching in Nigeria.

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