The Poor Fruits From Academic Labour In Nigeria

By Urenna Ukiwe |   22 September 2018   |   10:00 am  

Education in Nigeria has taken a continuous downward slide in recent years as opposed to the intention and philosophy which it was built when it was first introduced in the 17th century by the missionaries and the earlier schools established by the British government in 1909.

Even intelligent Nigerians have been thrown in the loop of those who are half-baked and underprepared to thrive outside the Nigerian competitive academic environment.

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Then, when education in Nigeria was at par with other countries, relevant curriculum to prepare Nigerians to not only gain admittance into foreign university but to equip them to be successful in any professional field was adopted and stuck to.

But now after sixteen years in school, many Nigerian graduates still struggle at the most mundane things.

While some fault the decline in maintenance in public schools, others blame the prevalence of private schools that are in every nook and cranny of the country filled with unqualified teachers. Some of these schools engage in all sorts of malpractice to sell false academic excellence, in order to maintain patronage of parents who will rather buy their children’s future off the shelf than ensure that their children work hard.

Expecting education in Nigeria to dramatically change and magically emerge as one of the best in the world is like a farmer who plants pebbles and expects to reap corn.

Every well-meaning Nigerian is praying that the government does not sleep as long as Rip Van Winkle before the problems faced in education can be addressed.

But the question is does the responsibility lie solely on this most mentioned party?

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