If You Want to Destroy a Nation, Kill their Education…
An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” The importance of education to a nation can not be overemphasized, in most parts of the world, education is regarded as a fundamental human right. Education is one of the basic criteria to measure the growth and development of any nation.
If you want to destroy a nation, kill their Education. Sadly the level, quality and standard of education in Nigeria has witnessed a geometric drop in the past two decades and this unfortunate trend has made Nigeria the leading country of origin of students from Africa migrating to other parts of the world in search of quality education.
Sometimes I wonder Nigerian student do well abroad, they make exploits and sometimes are one of the best students in Europe and other parts of the world but when they are here, they don’t perform up to standard. They are not well utilized and the best in them is not brought out.
Today, I will be addressing the possible issues responsible for this and the possible solutions to this problem. why is Nigeria Educational system lacking behind? Why is it that we produced half baked graduates from colleges and universities?
Apart from the technical difficulties, most of the universities are also in crisis and rely on foreign donors even for education, the infrastructure of most schools is in collapse; professors moving abroad for better salaries has affected online education in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Most professors who could have trained to teach online programs are living abroad and the population numbers of students are growing huge day by day In Nigeria, for instance, there is an online university but no teachers to efficiently teach the courses.
There are so many other problems facing our educational system in Nigeria as a result of bad governance and poor leadership but below are very important to address:
- Poor funding
- Unavailability of qualified teachers
- Failure to accommodate the rising population demands
- Academic fraud, corruption and indiscipline
- Poor teacher’s welfare
- Poor infrastructure and training facilities
The first step forward towards reviving the educational system lies in the hands of the government. Necessary steps need to be taken in order to restructure and save the sector. The government at all levels needs to commit to the delivering of a competitive standard of education across the country and with other countries. Also, the right investments need to be done in order to get the desired results.
– Adequate funding with good management will provide high-quality education in Nigeria. Funds for the renovation of schools and institution, acquiring quality training facilities, research grants, decent teachers’ salaries and welfare, etc. are the things that need to be increased, released and spent appropriately.
– The level of corruption in education ministries and regulatory bodies needs to be taken seriously and tackled. The level of exam malpractices needs to be curbed by a joint effort of the government and examination regulatory bodies. The teaching curriculum needs to be reviewed and updated. It needs to be more practical and research-based. Teachers salaries must be reviewed and improved.
– Fair wages will also motivate teachers to do their job on a high-quality level. Also, there should be regular payments of teachers’ salaries. This will attract qualified and dedicated teachers to public schools and will change the attitude of young people towards the teaching profession and youth will study to become teachers.
– Proper training of teachers with current and up to date materials and technology also will improve the condition of education in Nigeria. Necessary vetting measures should be taken to make sure that only qualified teachers are employed.
– Admissions into tertiary institutions should be based solely on merit level.
In conclusion, we will be able to see real changes in the level of education in Nigeria, when power will belong to visionary and selfless leaders who understand the importance of quality education. Our future is in our hands.