Currently, the education sector in Nigeria is suffering heavily due to neglect from consecutive governments and limited budgetary allotment. As a result, education experts and stakeholders believe that the education system will face severe problems, perhaps even more than the past, if the present condition continues.
Need for Development
According to experts, most developed nations modify the progress of major sectors to the fraction of intended development. Thus these nations have repeatedly focussed on educational advancement which has significantly contributed to their economic growth. The stakeholders in education sector in Nigeria believe that following a similar process should be followed by the nation’s education sector. Some experts claim that a proper education qualification used to help graduates get excellent employment opportunities immediately after the completion of their graduation. The fresh graduates used to get high paying jobs in private sector, public services as well as in international organisations and services. However, the experts believe that the situation is simply reversed now.
Failure of Nigeria’s Education System
The Interim Chairman of the Governing Council of Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education, Abiodun Ogunleye says that even though the learning and teaching approaches have changed drastically all over the world, Nigeria’s education system has failed to implement such changes. This is mainly due to the negligence of those who manage the nation’s educational affairs, he says. As a result, the current graduates are suffering as they are unable to get their desired jobs.
In a recent graduation ceremony at Adeniran Ogunsanya College, Ogunleye said, “Our education system has refused to adjust to the changing realities of the new world. Our education system, in the main, kept on doing what they were doing and we were expecting different results. Our education system kept on doing what it was doing in the 1960s and we are expecting the results of the 2000.”
Learning from Other Economies
Ogunsanya thinks that the education sector must be considered a public good and a proper strategy should be developed for creativity, research and innovation. The government should take up the responsibility for implementing the steps and providing financial support. He believes that the Nigerian Government should learn from the economies and education systems in Japan, India, Singapore, Brazil and China and observe how these over populated and complicated economies have utilised education as a tool for growth and development. A well organised education system can provide sufficient support in dealing with unemployment and other economical problems faced by Nigeria.
Abiodun Ogunleye added “The curriculum of our education requires total review. The model for funding our education system needs total review. The structure for the delivery of education especially at the tertiary level needs total review. We need to seat down together and work out details about how we can use Education to address the several needs of our nation”.
The nation needs to focus on the higher education system specifically. Even though the nation has nearly 200 million citizens, less than 2 million students enrol for higher education courses. Hence it is imperative to develop the entire system and find an alternative solution that will effectively address the needs of the people.
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