Improving the education system in Nigeria | The Guardian Nigeria News

The education system in Nigeria can best be described in tandem with deteriorating infrastructure and unpleasant service conditions.

According to UNICEF, one in five out-of-school children in the world are in Nigeria. Although primary education is officially free and compulsory, around 10.5 million children aged 5 to 14 in the country are out of school. Add that to the millions of people who are half-educated due to a dilapidated education system. Education, as we know, is the basis of all development, but unfortunately it has taken a back seat in Nigeria, which is sad. Much of this is due to the poor educational infrastructure due to neglect and insufficient funding, inadequate classrooms, poorly equipped or non-existent learning facilities, unqualified teachers, poor environments. and terrible learning conditions, as well as some social vices that plague educational institutions. talk about strikes, cults and the like Since independence, government after government has experimented with policies to improve this very vital sector, some of which have been laudable. However, poor implementation, greed, corruption, embezzlement and lack of time and time will have turned out to be our stumbling block.

Careful evaluation of activities also revealed that other irregularities in schools such as bad practices, strikes and unwillingness to learn on the part of students also contributed to the downfall of the education system in Nigeria. Pray, why will it take 6 years to study a 4 year course because of a broken system! This brings me to the reasons why many young people want to study abroad when the system has collapsed and most of our graduates are unemployable; the reason being that those who teach them are not even ready.

Today, the deteriorating state of the Nigerian education system has made it almost a taboo for the typical Nigerian not to aspire to study abroad. The truth is that in order to have the chance to compete in the ever-changing global (work) world, students need the skills required – which are unlikely to be imparted to them by the current education system in Nigeria, and therefore, they go in search of it abroad where it is available.

Nigerians studying at higher education institutions in the United States increased 5.8% to 13,423 in the 2018/19 academic year, compared to 12,693 in the 2017/18 academic year, according to the Institute of International Education (IIE) Open Door Report. It’s just at tertiary universities in the United States. The impact of this is that the country is losing its youth and workforce to other countries because many students refuse to return. In the United States, 4% of Nigerians have a doctorate compared to 1% of the general United States population according to the United States Census Bureau. 17% of Nigerians have a master’s degree while 37% have a bachelor’s degree

Over time, our education system has deteriorated. There is a system that does not work for young people. Something is wrong with our education system and it is time for us to change that.

Nigerian students are of high quality and quality, now they are offered scholarships and the like to come and study in UK, for example.

What can be done?
For meaningful development to take place in the education sector, the government must reconsider the issue of funding and there must be a total shift from focus to government. There is an urgent need for public-private partnership to invest heavily in education in terms of infrastructure, technology, teachers, research funding in order to be able to be competitive on a global scale. .

There is no better time to encourage hands-on technical training than now. Technical adaptation centers should be encouraged and well funded. Enough of the monolithic approach to knowledge.

Invest heavily in technology for learning and teaching to be competitive on a global scale. The largely neglected and played-on research sub-sector in Nigeria is the foundation for the socio-economic, political, scientific and technological progress of our most admired developed countries in the world today.

Funding is the biggest problem facing the Nigerian education system. The percentage of the budget allocated to education each year is excruciatingly low. For example, in 2018, just over 7% was allocated to education. This is well below the 26% recommended by UNESCO. Relatively, this is not a way to be able to compete in the global space. In addition, the private sector should be encouraged to partner with the public sector to provide appropriate funding to enhance the education sector.

In conclusion, there is no doubt that the Nigerian education system requires a total restructuring which is necessary to improve the performance of primary and tertiary institutions. Nigeria has entered the 21st century unprepared to compete in the ever-changing global economy / world, where growth will be knowledge-based.

It is also a fact that the inadequacies still seen among many undergraduates and graduates are a result of the inadequacies associated with the primary and secondary education system in Nigeria. it has become more imperative than ever to find solutions to the problems of diminishing allocation of resources to the education sector in Nigeria

Conscious efforts must be made for a qualitative and sustainable education system so that Nigeria can stand up to be counted.
Mr. Ilouno, CEO of the Next Generation Global Association, wrote from Lagos.

Janice G. Ball