Nigeria's educational standard has fallen and except this raging tide is stemmed, the nation should jettison the idea of development in the coming decades as nations are developed by informed and educated minds.
A nation's progress is measured by the level of its citizen's education - as shown through the human development index (HDI), which is used by United Nations Development Programme UNDP, to rank the level of nations‘ development. It contains indices like education, income and life expectancy. Nigeria’s HDI is ranked low at 0.514 (2015) where Trinidad & Tobago and Libya are 0.772 & 0.724 respectively.
Urgently, proactive steps should be taken by stakeholders to arrest the heart-breaking state of Nigeria's education sector.
Primary education should be free for all in every state in Nigeria. The electorate should ensure that only political parties who give free and compulsory basic education are voted into power.
Why should basic education be free? Poverty is rife in the land and poor parents cannot afford it, plus, a basic education is necessary to improve literacy in Nigeria.
More than ever before, governments, individuals and corporate organisations should award more scholarships to brilliant indigent children across Nigeria.
Funding of basic education should not be left in the hands of government. Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) should be education-focused due to the critical state of the education sector in Nigeria.
Government at all levels in Nigeria needs to insist that no child should be on the streets during school hours, no lip service should be played with child labour anymore and the Child Rights Act should be implemented to the letter. Children belong to school.
With a revamped curriculum, focus & tenacity, Nigerian school children have the power to turn the world around.
Gone are the days foreign students travelled to Nigeria for higher education, now we lose thousands of students to foreign schools annually. Politicians, policy makers and parents have done a dis-service to our education. But with determination and effective action, we will defeat mass failure, exam malpractices, poor quality teaching, archaic curricular, poor infrastructure etc.
Nigeria's education sector shall rise again!
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