The Theory and Practice of Free Education in Nigeria: A Philosophical Critique

  • Olatunji, M. Olalekan Ajayi Crowther University, Nigeria


This paper attempts to locate the genesis of free education in Nigeria and to trace its development. Besides, a philosophical critique of the theory and practice of free education in the country is also attempted with the facts and fallacies highlighted. The paper is a descriptive study and applies philosophical analysis. In the concluding part, it is suggested among other things that government at all levels in Nigeria should state more clearly their stance on free education,  publicize this, together with  the most important aspects of the policy statements on free education so that the citizenry can know the limit of their expectation from the government.