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Thursday, April 19, 2018

5 Proofs Of The Decay In Nigeria's Education Sector

Starting right from the primary level of education in Nigeria, one will always feel the decay in the value placed on education. It is commonplace to find the so-called educated ones acting like stark illiterates.

The story does not get better as you ascend to higher learnings as we can see soon.

These things continue to exist even in the face of outcries against them.


1. Extortion

Right from the point of getting admitted into a university, students begin to experience one form of extortion or another. If it is not to have their files looked into, it will be about getting deserved marks and grades. But you dare not talk or become the scapegoat.

This actually goes as far as the primary and secondary level of education. In my secondary school, you must buy our form mistress, who doubled as Economics teacher, okpa and Pepsi before seeing your end of term result.

In December 2017, Direct Entry students of University of Calabar (UNICAL) complained of extortion to the tune of twelve thousand Naira per student by the school authority.

According to them, “Now, we’ve graduated into the next class, the Department later increased the acceptance fees to N20, 000 for the current 200 Level students. The N20, 000 was meant to be paid for the 200 Level DE students, but the department through a voice memo asked us, the 300 Level to pay additional N15, 000 when we are no longer new students." wrote Daily Post. The school authority was quick to deny this.

2. Use of Outdated Materials and Curricula

It is common knowledge among Nigerian students that teaching materials at the disposal of most of their lecturers are obsolete, outdated and crying for a makeover.

In the words of Prof. Gamalier O. Prince, Vice Chancellor of the University of America, California, “People in Nigeria are getting expired education. That is why you see people who studied engineering and are not able to do engineering feat. You see people who studied computer science and are not able to understand anything or diagnose computer language and what have you. This is because Nigeria’s educational system is a dilapidated one."

3. Unhealthy School Environment

From dirty and unkept school premises to inhabitable classrooms, one will never run out of eyesores on a visit to some of our higher institutions.

Here is a picture story of the state of some of the classrooms at Federal University of Technology, Owerri (FUTO).

You can also see some NSFW pictures of the sanitary state of University of Ibadan (UI) here. Saharareporters revealed that the school's toilets are a sorry tale.

4. Unbearable Tuition Fees

Regardless of the earlier mentioned fact that most of these schools use outdated lecture materials, they still subject students and their parents to unbearable fees, thereby putting education beyond the reach of the poor in the society.

This is most obtainable in privately owned institutions. In 2015, Nigeria Universities Commission (NUC) raised concern over high tuition fees in private universities.

5. Overlapping Education Bodies

After going through the rigors of writing and passing O level exams and JAMB, students are yet faced with another monster called post-UTME. Although JAMB is acclaimed to be the only exam that determines who gets admitted into a university, schools still organize post JAMB exams.