By – Suleiman Murkthar
There is no gainsaying the dilapidated state of the Nigerian educational system. It has become so evident, so much it has become like clothes spread in the sun to dry, so obvious for everyone to see. It has become that clear that our priority as a nation has little or nothing to do with education as the federal government has since ignored the needful while attending to other urgent matters.
Education has been given the very minimal priority in this part of the world; recent statistics released holds that only a few universities in Nigeria, not more than three specifically made it to the top hundred universities in Africa. One must acknowledge that this number is abysmally low and a shame and slap to the government of the most populous black race in the world.
One cannot really pigeonhole the present administration as this has been a stench hovering over our roofs on even before the administration that took over power. This sad and degrading tale has been there like the folklores of old since before the dawn of democracy.
The thought our how student sits by the window or floors to receive lectures or the employment of half baked lecturers to impact mundane knowledge is one sad story that demands massive gathering like crusade or ritual to atone with sacrifices of prayers or the kind that demands slaughtering of goats and cows. It is this reality of this pseudo kind of education that produces funny graduates lacking the power to critically think his way through the colossal issues life throws at him.
My days so far in the university have given me reasons to seek for knowledge myself outside the domains of school in other that I come out equip to face the challenges of life. I have seen lecturers use old books and notes that have been used ten to twenty years ago to say the least while teaching in class rooms. How much good can such a note do? How can we meet up the present demands if we keep using knowledge of the past to solve situations or problems of the present? Have we not evolved? Then how do you explain lecturers teaching student how to use the analog cameras in a digital world. How do you explain the lack of adequate class rooms to facilitate learning so much that students stand in shades and gardens to receive lectures? How does one comprehend the corruption attached to giving admission so that one needs to come from Kano or the north before one gets admission in the northern University or come from the East or Enugu before one stands a chance at a university in the East? These and many more is a cankerworm that has eaten deep into the educational system in this part of the world and unless it is given due and optimum attention, it is bound to continue in this trend little wonder the high and mighty have opted for knowledge overseas while the poor suffer the miscarriage of justice and neglect of precedence that the same have refused to fix or attend to.