Our Nigerian Education Today
The number of private primary, secondary schools and universities in Nigeria are on the rise and thus the number of graduates, but is ‘Nigeria Rising?’ What truly then is the impact of all these on the graduates and consequently the society?
An education is largely seen as a means to an end here in Nigeria, a presumed guarantee of a job and then a comfortable life. My own father is of the view that once I graduate, the next step is an immediate employment with a regular income stream. To him, providing the best education he can afford to, will give me an opportunity to work in the best places with the best pay.
It is no longer about the learning process but what that degree can get you and the reality is beginning to set in that, this is not enough. Education is not a job guarantee but a learning process. And this is what is being missed, learning. Learning is supposed to spur a thinking culture, an ability to question things and not accept blindly irrespective of understanding.
Lecturers have become gospel preachers not to be contradicted, some suggest a return of the exact content of the note given to the students and anything extra earns you a fail. Effort is not encouraged.
What is the aim of an education? Why exactly are we in school today? What difference do you want to make in a society with large infrastructural deficit, low literacy rate and high poverty rate and rising? Is it enough that you are comfortable and not thinking about how to make it possible for others to be comfortable?
There are a lot of challenges unique to our society and the education should be able to open our minds to address peculiar issues bothering us but what we have got here is, focus on archaic principles and theories with little to no emphasis on research and innovations. Universities are supposed to be place for solutions where one should turn to for answers but rather it is becoming a very very lucrative business ventured into by those with capital.
The outcome of this is graduates unskilled to face real life issues and challenges more concerned about money than value forgetting that with value, money will come.