The Myth Behind The Educational System In Nigeria

A description of how education in Nigeria is being given little or no preference compared to other sectors in Nigeria

It is no longer news that there are problems facing our educational system in Nigeria. Statistics given by the United Nations Children Education Fund (UNICEF) showed that one in every five of the world's out-of-school children is in Nigeria, and about 10.5 million children are not in school. In the words of Benjamin Franklin, "An investment in knowledge pays the best interest. Education, the act of imparting knowledge, is given little or less preference in Nigeria due to economic barriers, political factors, and more. 

It is pertinent to note that the status quo of education in our beloved country is in the mud. Looking from a clearer perspective, we can all see how education is being influenced by politics. Politics had rendered our educational system tattered by allocation of a lesser budget as compared to 2016, when it had a percentage of 7.92% of the national budget. Undoubtedly, factors like these led to the feud between the Federal government (FG) and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU). The Federal government insisted on enrolling lecturers on a payroll system called the Integrated Personnel Payroll Information system (IPPIS), where the payments made to lecturers will be tracked. Needless to say, the lecturers were adamant, and this led to the compromised educational standard. A general aphorism states: "When two elephants fight, grasses suffer the most". Instead of FG and ASUU bearing the consequences, it is the students that bear the burnt. It keeps resonating in my heart that the impoverished ones don't have access to qualitative education, and those who are descendants of our so-called politicians have flown to abroad to study. What an awful country! 

Another dilemmatic factor that projects how impeded the flow of the educational system in Nigeria is the issue of insecurity. According to reports, secondary school and university students have been kidnapped in the last couple of months alone. Schools are now prone to bandits and other terrorists' invasion, which breeds a turbulent environment for learning. Earlier in March, suspected bandits attacked a private university in Kaduna. Unfortunately for the abductees, the ransom demanded by the bandits was not affirmed by the government even though it had the capability to pay the amount of ransom quoted.

Notwithstanding, the abductees were finally released with fear gripped in their hearts. How do we expect a student whose heart isn't at peace to concentrate on their studies? This is quite questionable. Laws that will safeguard the students' lives have to be enacted to restore peace to campuses. To cut it short, banditry appears to be a lucrative industry in this country, and this can lure those who are unable to cater to their wards or themselves into this devilish act.

The paucity of quality teachers and a comfortable learning environment will only harbor ineffective learning means. It will baffle one when one sees how dilapidated hostels and lecture halls are now. Some hostels in our Nigerian universities look like dumps where refuse is being dispensed. The government and the school authorities are unconcerned about the idea of renovation of classrooms, enhancing water supply, and regular electricity, which in many ways will help in the development of quality education. Things need to go another way round to proffer solutions to suitable learning environment issues. Desolated hostels need to be refurbished, and a thorough assessment of teachers should be done. 

In conclusion, the implementation of an excellent educational standard is paramount, owing to how beneficial it is now and in the future. We have seen how education revitalizes one's progress in life, so the government should try to give additional attention to the areas in education that need improvement. 

By 

Ahmad Abdulsamad 

Department of Human Medicine, 

Federal University of Dutse, Jigawa State.

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