Today, we talk about the bad shape of the education sector in Nigeria and a lot of references is made to the poor state of infrastructure in our higher institutions and the quality of graduates we have in the country.
However, in improving the quality of graduates we have and changing the education sector for good, there is a need to critically evaluate the FOUNDATION. The foundation which stands as the basis upon which anything is built. A strong educational foundation is required for growth in Nigeria. The Foundation here is referring to Primary and Secondary schools.
In the society we live in today, most secondary school students aren’t qualified to write the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE). This setback, most times is being attributed to the student involvement in the use of the internet which is supposed to be a valuable tool. However, there is a need to examine what the cause of the problem is.
Below is a list of factors affecting our Nigeria Educational system:
Quality Of Teachers:
Most schools were founded on the basis of making money with little regards to the quality of education they provide. Our secondary and primary schools especially those just starting up that don’t have the capacity to pay qualified people to teach, end up employing people who aren’t capable of passing the right knowledge unto this young inquisitive minds.
Hence, there is a need to ensure that capable hands are brought into the educational system.
Use Of Technologies:
It’s not enough for subjects such as computer Information and Communication Technology to be introduced into the curriculum. There is a need to provide standard computer laboratories where students can get to see and put into practice what they are being taught in the classrooms.
Some schools even provide these facilities, but the student isn’t given the opportunity to use them. Growing up, I belonged to this category which contributed to my hatred for computer science as a subject, because it looked boring without doing practicals.
There should be a need to provide e-learning facilities in schools, especially as the world is rapidly and constantly developing so that we are not left behind. This entails the provision of internet accessibilities, e-libraries, notebook computers or smart devices for the student with firewalls put in place to control what websites they can visit.
Students need to collaborate with their peers in other places, to learn how certain things are done and this can only be achieved through the provision of the required facilities.
The state of infrastructure in some of our schools is nothing to write home about. The laboratories, libraries, etc. aren’t well equipped and maintained. It should also be noted that our environment has a role to play in our learning process. Therefore, there is a need to improve on how infrastructure.
If the educational sector is properly funded, most of the problems listed above wouldn’t even arise in the first place. Hence, there is a need for this sector to be properly funded by both the government and all those that have the interest of Nigeria at heart.
In Conclusion, if all of these issues are addressed appropriately, Nigeria would experience a new turnover in its educational sector and a better Nigeria would emerge.