It is obvious that the Nigerian education sector is in dire need of help. The sector over the years has experienced continuous fall in standard and the negative effect is telling in every aspect of the country.
The sector which is meant to be the hope of the country is no doubt struggling to survive. That a lot of things have gone wrong with the education sector is undeniable.
Nigerian education which was one of the best in the world in time past is now being deserted by the rich and average citizens who prefer to send their children and wards to foreign countries for academic pursuit since our country cannot meet up with the global standard.
The education sector is heading toward a total collapse and we must do everything within our capacity to make sure that doesn’t happen.
The persistent failure of students in WAEC, JAMB, and other exams with the unemployable graduates our universities produce every year is a threat to the future of the country, intervention from government and individuals must not be delayed.
Our states are defaced by dilapidated primary and secondary schools while our universities lack the needed infrastructure to produce graduates capable of moving the country forward. Many of the government owned universities run unstable calendar as a result of both internal and external problems.
Academic activities are paralyzed in many universities every year due to internal and external strikes. Private universities with fairly stable calendar and better infrastructure compared to some government owned universities are no go areas for the majority of the citizens as a result of high schools fees which majority cannot afford.
Another challenge facing the sector is the issue of corruption and embezzlement of fund.
United Nations recommends that every country should appropriate 25% of her annual budget to education. Nigeria gives less than 15% of her budget annually to education and despite this, a larger percentage of the funds are stolen by officials in the ministry both at the federal level and state levels leaving the sector with meagre fund for sustainability.
This is the main reason the sector has been romancing 20th century methodologies and tools despite the technological advancement the education sector has experienced in developed countries and some developing economies. India in recent time digitalized their education sector and the result has been transformational leading to all round development in the country.
For the past glory of our education to be restored, government must come up with new policies and programs. These new policies must not just exist in paper. They must be implemented with all seriousness.
A better system that prevents corruption and embezzlement of funds allocated to the sector must also be put in place. Direct contact with public funds must be prevented and those accussed of corrupt practices should be tried and sentenced if found guilty so as to sanitize the sector and make available funds for infrastructure and development of the sector.
Government must also bring in the use of technological and digitals tools into the sector so as to drive sustainable change.
Massive training on the use of internet, tech and digital tools should be organized for teachers so as to empower them to meet up with the demands of 21st century education.
Government should look into creating employment opportunities for graduates and make available a business environment where entrepreneurship can thrive.
The fact that many graduates are roaming the streets is a discouraging factor to many who are still in school.
Our students in secondary schools don’t see reasons to take their education serious any longer when they continue to see their brothers and sisters who have graduated from the university without jobs after many years.
I believe that with these recommendations, our education sector will no doubt be revived and become a driving force for all development and progress once again.
Vincent Adeoba, the Founder and CEO of Seravision Brooks Business Solutions, is is a Visionary, an Authentic Leader, a great Author and an Educator who remains a great inspiration to hundreds of millions of youths across Africa.
Teachers without Borders (2006) described the standard of education as “how the school products can be measured in terms of outcome”.
CAUSES OF FALLING STANDARD OF EDUCATION
The crave for mere paper qualifications rather than the substance of the qualification.
Lack of dedicated teachers.
Accessibility to schools.
Disregarding or paying little attention to the education sector.
Unstable government policies regarding the educational sector.
Neglect of children by parents.
When recruiting teachers, performance and experience should be considered more than just paper qualifications.
The government should provide a conducive learning environment for students. The laboratories and workshops should be well equipped.
The welfare of teachers should be given priority.
More schools should be built by the government.
Students, teachers and parents should assist in curbing examination malpractices.
The government should pay proper attention to education and make policies that will benefit the citizens.
Parents should be interested in their children’s future and not in making money alone.
YEMISI ADEDOKUN holds HND Accountancy, PGD Accounting, MBA Financial Management, MSc Accounting and she is also an Associate member of ICAN. She is currently the Head of Accountancy Department, The Oke-Ogun Polytechnic, Saki.
ODUDIMU ADEYEMI TAIWO
It is no longer news that there is a persistent fall in the standard of education in Nigeria. The low standard of the educational system in the country is very worrisome, compared to the ones in developed countries.
Some of the major causes of sub-standard education in the country are explained below.
Bad Governance: Be it directly or indirectly, every single problem in the country centers on bad governance. The better the governance, the better the country. For decades now, the education sector in Nigeria has been run as a mere sector with little or no emphasis on its advancement. If well observed, its proportional rate of development is slow, compared to the rate of advancement in the world.
Worthy of note is also the lack of quality teachers/educationists that have littered the education sector of the country. It’s virtually impossible to give what you don’t have. That is why many graduates face the problem of unemployment and unemployability in the end. It’s that simple.
Another scenario is the inferiority perception towards teachers and educationists as regards getting a good pay as encouragement. They are under-rated alot in this regard. Those people that can contribute immensely to the growth of the educational sector still opt for juicer sectors like politics, oil etc due to the low regard and low pay given to players in the sector.
The solutions are not far fetched. Not only should good policies in favour of the education sector be made, but also clean and proper implementation of those policies. In the same vein, well tested, highly qualified and certified educationists should be employed more in the sector, with robust payments for encouragement. If all these, among others, are practiced, the real change in the sector will then be feasible and visible.
Odudimu Adeyemi Taiwo is a First Class graduate of Chemistry from the prestigious Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta. She is passionate about Research & Development in her quest to solve Africa’s biggest challenges.
It is with clarity and certainty that the standards in the education sector of Nigeria are fast coming down. Day by day, the Political Authorities seem to be mindless about the increasing illiteracy rate and massive drop-outs this sub-standard education system is causing due to their intolerable/myopic policies. They are fast to forget the ramifications of their policies and the effects on the economy. More is really expected from the government.
Apart from that, inadequate finance for the implementation of the formulated policies that are made. Enough funds with proper monitoring will really fix alot of problems in the sector. Poor allocation of funds with poor monitoring will surely give birth to poor education in the country, which we are already seeing.
Again, poor remuneration has greatly led to the stagnation of teachers who do their work with so much suffering and bitterness. This has forced a lot of teachers to take up two or more jobs as a locum.
Ineptitude and corruption in the country really eats and affects the education system in many ways.
To solve this mighty problem, governments should make good policies with proper monitoring. Much funds should be allocated to this sector for growth and proper monitored.
Babalola Olanipekun is a product of the prestigious Obafemi Awolowo University who sees reading as a natural passion. He is a Political Enthusiast.
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