Nigeria: Reviving Our Dilapidated Education System

It is undoubtedly that the level of education has declined in Nigeria. It is often said that education is the most solid foundation for individual and societal growth.

As a teacher over the years, I believe there are many ways to improve, maintain and revive the quality of education in Nigeria.

The various governments should take important steps that would reverse the pathetic situations of public schools. The neglect suffered by these schools has left a serious fracture in our education system. Ministries of education have the lion’s share of the deterioration of the sector. Laboratories, workshops and vocational training centers should be suitably equipped. Essential textbooks, teaching aids, internet facilities and modern libraries should be provided to make teaching easier and comfortable.

The qualities of our teachers and their salaries must be properly verified. Periodic impartial testing and selection of teachers should be carried out in order to verify the quality of the knowledge they impart to our students. Appropriate use of the new Teacher Registration Council would serve this purpose.

Teachers deserve good salaries because their importance in our education system cannot be overstated. They should be remunerated on the same basis as their colleagues in ministries and other parastatal organizations. Teachers’ salaries must be paid at the right time and they must have good working conditions. If we are serious about reviving our rapidly declining education system, the well-being of teachers deserves proper attention.

Likewise, study programs must be reviewed; extracurricular activities should also be revived. Debates, quizzes, Spelling Bees, theater, excursions, among others, play an important role in the social and academic development of students. They encourage students to develop and exhibit many skills and, if properly channeled, can turn students into icons in the near future.

Subjects and topics that can make students creative, curious and innovative should replace some old and irrelevant topics and topics. We are now living in the computer age, where every student should learn to move with their peers around the world when it comes to technological “know-how”.

Finally, the government, educators, parents, students, education stakeholders and any sane citizen must work to improve our education sector. Without a doubt, education is an essential pillar in the development of any nation, and it determines the growth of a nation. Giving students the best education is much better and safer than building modern houses, building strange bridges, making nuclear weapons and so on.

It is high time that our dilapidated education system be revived, so that we can meet the educational standards of other countries of the world.

Sanusi Yusuff Ayinde is a teacher in a private school in Ibadan

Janice G. Ball