Catchment area

According to Wikipedia, a school catchment area is the geographic area from which students are eligible to attend a local school.

So how come in Nigeria catchment area means geographical region affects an individual’s intellectual prowess?

As far back as secondary school common entrance days, I was made to understand that some of my friends were less privileged, not as a matter of wealth or resources, but simply because they hailed from a particular geographical region, and so would find favour with lower exam scores.

It meant that, for example, if we wrote an exam based on a total score of 100, and we both scored 65, the ‘less-privileged’ would be granted admission, and the other of course wouldn’t.

Just yesterday, I saw the University of Lagos official cut-off marks for admission and their catchment areas. Really? Is the catchment area necessary?

C’mon Nigeria, grow up! You’re 52 for heaven’s sake.


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