Reviving the education system in Nigeria – Seth Nwogu

The importance of education anywhere in the world can never be overemphasized. It is a well known fact that the system of education in Nigerian is in a very bad shape today. One pointer to this fact is that students who are supposed to be studying, no longer read but resort to bribing invigilators and other corrupt parties concerned, in order to pass examinations and graduate.

This trend has been observed even in the primary schools where parents pay teachers in order to have their kids promoted to the next class. Since this is so, why then do we crucify our government over lack of jobs when we have mostly “half-baked” students roaming all parts of the country. We are architects of our own destruction.

Taking a brief glance at the universities and other higher institutions of learning, students not only give bribe or “sort” the lecturers, but the female ones also go to the extent of sleeping with their lecturers in order to get unmerited ‘A’s in their results.

Sometimes I wonder why people like that bother going to school at all since the purpose for which they are sent to school is not achieved.

Let me not be in a hurry to prosecute the students alone. The teachers, yes! Even the lecturers should share part of the blame too because they see their jobs as a family goldmine and means of satisfying their carnal desires – very shameful indeed. Of course, to every problem, no matter how heady it may seem to be, there is always a solution.

In order to see that our rotten education system becomes history, I suggest the following: Firstly, the ministries of education both in state and federal levels should wake up from their slumber and come up with policies to checkmate this pitiable development.

Secondly, anyone caught engaging in this shameful act should face the lawful punishment attached to such crime. In fact, every case of malpractice should be treated as a capital offence as the product of such malpractice aims to turn students into a menace to the entire society.

Lastly, I suggest that there should be an independent third party set-up in schools and universities to monitor the activities of every Tom, Dick and Harry as far as education is concerned and report misconduct to the appropriate authorities for prompt action – something similar to SERVICOM or code of Conduct Bureau.

May I also appeal to parents, teachers, lecturers, fellow students and every single Nigerian out there, to join hands and fight the rot in our education system, because I believe that education remains the key to building a great nation. Nigeria can be great, but it demands the efforts of all of us.

Let us remain good citizens.

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