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Is Education Still The Bedrock Of The Nation’s Growth? by omofunaab(m): 9:47pm On Mar 18, 2016
While growing up, I was made to understand that education is key to success. When the missionary first introduced education to Nigeria, only few fraction of Nigerians could afford it and if you were educated then, you stand a chance of being successful. In 1955, the late sage, Chief Obafemi Awolowo introduced free education in the western region of Nigeria, stressing the need for everyone to be educated. Today, it has been a point of reference to many policy makers in the educational sector and people became more aware of the need to be educated. This resulted in the need to establish more educational institution to cater for the increasingly demand for education. What we have today in Nigeria is numerous universities, polytechnics, colleges of education but majority of them can’t be said to be providing quality education. School is designed to give “balanced” approach to education. Unfortuanetely, our universities, polytechnics and colleges of education are not giving students the skill required to compete on a global scale. Is it right to say that as numerous educational institutions were being created, the quality of education was reducing? Many have said education is the bedrock of a nation’s growth, can that be said of Nigeria?. In a population of over 170 million people and increasing demand for education, our government takes pride in establishing numerous universities, polytechnics without adequately equipping them to an acceptable standard. They do this just to score cheap political points, after they have done this, they now compare themselves to late obafemi Awolowo, but the difference between those set of politicians and late Obafemi Awolowo is that Awolowo provided “free” and “quality” education while they only provided education. In advanced countries education has lead to breakthrough in scientific research, agricultural research, policy making, medicine and technology. While we are making headways producing quality doctors and nurses, we can’t say the same for other professions. Let’s take agriculture for example, one will wonder what impact education is having on the agricultural sector despite having specialized universities and colleges of agriculture in Nigeria. Up till now in Nigeria we still import fish from other countries, we import meat from neighboring countries like Niger, Chad republic because of our food production is relatively low compared to our increasing population, so we have to balance the demand with importation from other countries. Many people go to university to study agricultural related courses but are unwilling to practice it as a profession. People study engineering courses like electrical, civil, mechanical and so on but their contribution has been minimal to the nation’s growth. Most of the engineering companies employ expatriates from foreign countries and only few graduates from our universities. Most of the roads being constructed now are done by Chinese expatriates and not our university graduates. Japan, Germany, China, South Korea e.t.c utilized education into manufacturing various equipments, gadgets, cars, machines that we now import in Nigeria.
Nigeria still imports pencils and tooth picks. it’s the main reason why we can’t solve our power problems even after years of gaining independence. The university system in Nigeria has been ridiculed to the extent that it is now a mere certificate awarding institution. The shocking thing is that thousands of people are being awarded certificates every year with just few privileged to be employed. Some that are even lucky to be employed are under employed. Even the country’s professional categorization is so messed up that’s why you see someone that studied Yoruba working in a bank while someone that studied banking and finance is working as a traffic controller just in a bid to get a job. Now being educated doesn’t necessarily means you will be successful in a country like Nigeria, instead it only gives you a spot in the list of educated Nigerians hoping to be successful. Just recently someone graduated with 5.0 CGPA in Unilag, he wasn’t celebrated unlike Miss Unilag who was given a car and many other endowments. Ladies who revealed their cleavage are celebrated more than those who went to seek education. To address these issues people must realize that not everybody can be educated, if everybody should go to university, polytechnics who will farm, sell groceries, repair our generators. Like I said earlier going to school doesn’t necessarily means you will be successful. Infact most artisans are successful than a graduate. My grandma didn’t go to university yet she was a successful local business woman. I have seen iron rod sellers, granite sellers that are more successful than employed graduates. we need to stop the fixation on education is the key syndrome, so far it hasn’t been working in Nigeria, we need more artisans to improve our economy and not abundance of jobless graduates roaming the streets. The government as a matter of urgency needs to revitalize the educational sector of the country. Most of these educational institutions needs to merged to provide quality and quantity education. The merged institutions should be funded to international and acceptable standards to enable them carry out research that will lead to breakthrough in various sectors in Nigeria. The professional stratification needs to be revisited, in a situation whereby an animal nutritionist is working in an insurance company and a statistician is teaching mathematics in a primary school will only reduce our economic growth. If all these can be done only then can education contribute to the nation’s growth.[b][/b]

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Re: Is Education Still The Bedrock Of The Nation’s Growth? by babyfaceafrica: 1:54am On Mar 19, 2016
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Re: Is Education Still The Bedrock Of The Nation’s Growth? by omofunaab(m): 11:42am On Mar 25, 2016
Re: Is Education Still The Bedrock Of The Nation’s Growth? by dake40(m): 3:46pm On Mar 25, 2016
RELIGION and Overrated Certificate have brought Nigeria this Far!......

I Was really baffled when I read about the quantity of PHD holders produced by Nigerian institutions compared to Belgium,UK and the likes!.....

This is just the ending of the 1st season.

Just watch out......

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