You'll have to excuse the "primary-school-debate-lookalike" title. Remember those? The ones ending with "I am here to confuse you and not convince you that X is better than Y. Yes, I am sure that helped to jog your memory. And if you did not ever experience or witness one of these, then you're lucky!
Okay, back to the topic.
If you attended secondary school in Nigeria, you had a choice. Well, technically, you didn't. You went to the school your parents picked for you, after passing the common entrance examination.
But assuming you had a choice, it would have started with choosing between public and private schools. In the sphere of public schools, you can choose between state, federal and "public" schools.
All of that aside, within these sub-categories, you still had to decide which type of school to attend, i.e. mixed schools (both sexes) or all-girls/all-boys schools. I am not aware of any other category *shines teeth*
To put things in perspective, let me give some examples of well-known schools in each category. Feel free to add more examples in the comment section.
All-Girls: Reagan Memorial Baptist Girls High School, Yaba, Lagos; Methodist Girls' High School, Yaba, Lagos
All-Boys: St. Finbarr's College, Akoka, Lagos; St. Gregory's College, Obalende, Lagos; CMS Grammar School, Lagos [Apparently, the oldest secondary school in Nigeria]; Igbobi College, Yaba, Lagos
Mixed: Community Grammar School, Surulere, Lagos
All-Girls: Vivian Fowler Memorial College, Lagos; Lagoon Secondary School, Lekki, Lagos
Mixed: Atlantic Hall ("A" Hall), Epe, Lagos
LAGOS STATE SECONDARY SCHOOLS
Mixed: Lagos State Model College [Kankon, Meiran, Badore, Igbokuta]
FEDERAL SECONDARY SCHOOLS
All-Boys: Kings' College Lagos; Federal Government Boys' College, Garki, Abuja
Mixed: Federal Government College [Enugu, Calabar, Jos, Bauchi, Calabar, Odogbolu, Ogbomosho, Ikirun, Langtang]
So, why exactly did I make this un-comprehensive list? Honestly, I got carried away. That's my excuse.
Back to the topic ... at least, if you're not fuming, by now, over the fact that I inadvertently omitted your school. Calm down and Google it. Happy now?
Who knows, maybe one day, there'll be a St. Relentless College! Anything is possible.
So, I went to an all-girls' secondary school, and have often wondered if perhaps I missed or lost something by not attending a mixed school. Of course, I grew up with cousins who attended mixed schools and were always feeding me with tales of the so-called enjoyment of interacting regularly with boys and girls, bla bla bla ... Teenagers! What do they know? *huffs*
Typically, the advantages of keeping a child in a single gender secondary school (according to the arguments I heard growing up) include the following:
- He or she will be more focused. There will be no distractions from students of the opposite sex (I suppose they assumed all boarders stayed in school and forgot that with adolescents and their hormones running in every direction, where there is a will, there's a way. Jumping the fence is only Part 1. No, I am not admitting anything).
- Reduced likelihood of teenage pregnancy. I'm not sure what to make of this, as per whether it is true or false. Girls will be girls, and boys will be boys. But maybe the best way to explain this point is to remember this saying: Out of sight is out of mind.
We'll have to continue this discussion another day, but before I leave, here's a question for you.
Question: Which do you prefer (mixed or all-girls/all-boys secondary schools) and why? Do you think one is better than the other? Let's hear it!