Education In Nigeria
Corruption of The Learning System
The problem of education is a global issue. Even though i talk about the problems of education in Nigeria, i write this to all those who love and value education for this is a food for thought for all.
The problem of Education in Nigeria has been publicized with so much politics that the main issue has been swept under the carpet. It is true that the media has been on the forefront of the fight for quality education in Nigeria but one wonders whose side of the table they are on. This is as a result of politics.
It is true that the Government has failed in its responsibility to provide basic amenities to its people They are struggling to provide access to quality education for all students as such education is mostly available to those that can afford it. It seems that Government has failed to instill discipline to students and also there is no benefits and provisions for staffs and teachers which mostly leads to brain drain. True that these issues occur but the Government are not entirely at fault.
There are others culprits who are responsible for the problem of education and these people are the ones that point accusing fingers at the Government.. Who are these people? I am sure you have the answer by now; these are the PARENTS of these children. Yes, educated PARENTS!!!
Now, many of you wonder how this is possible but the truth is that parents are also responsible for the decadence of education in Nigeria. How did this happen? Well, it began in increment stages and not all at once.
In the days after independence, there was free education. I remember in my teen days, i enjoyed free education. In those days, students were taught to read and write properly as well as develop the habit of thinking and problem solving skills.
Homework was a joy for students to test their ability and our love for education was so great that even when there were strikes by teachers, we developed a habit of personal self-study. Jobs were available for graduates and were granted to those who attained professionalism and skill.
However, as corruption began to increase, it hit the educational sector and parents were the pioneers. This was the beginning of the era of the Certification syndrome. In this era, parents knowing the value of education began lobbying for their children to gain admission in Secondary schools and even University.
Instead of teaching their children the tenets of hard work and personal development, they encouraged corruption without knowing it. There was no need for a child to prepare for exam as he was aware that the parent would assist him in getting admission. Now i don’t blame them for their action for it was the society that forced them into such nature.
As Nigeria approached the 21st Century, education took a different turn while there was a little improvement in education, corruption practices also increased with the introduction of special examination centers which helped students in exams and were very much supported by parents as this afforded their children the opportunity to pass exams without stress. Again the tenets of developing thinking, problem solving abilities and personal skills was forgotten and was replaced with chasing after certification..
In the IT age today, the internet has made access to education easy. However parents have struck again as these days parents have developed an attitude of doing assignments for children instead of allowing their kids in doing their assignments.
Again their reason is good in nature as no one will want his child to fail but the process of education is more important and that’s the issue about education in Nigeria.
There is a common knowledge that getting a certificate in any career is more important and that it is the path way to success but without developing skills in that career, you can’t be successful in your field. No wonder, our graduates are termed half baked. Even though i believe there are great minds and i have had opportunity to meet some of them, this is not the fault of these young people but the fault of the society