Wednesday, 4 December 2013

Struggling For Acceptance In Nigeria................

I have kept quiet about this for long but recently thought it necessary to write on this after an incident i witnessed. Do i think the standard of western education is better than Nigeria's? OFF COURSE! In fact most organizations in Nigeria do not hesitate to rub that in by the preferential treatments offered to those with foreign degree certificates. What i have picked from all these is that, it is obvious our educational standard is poor, infrastructures same because they come hand in hand. If we claim education is key and power, it is then not about giving a Biro and book to every child in Nigeria. I totally get the point of Malala Yousafzai, the Pakastani girl who was shot in the head on her school bus by Taliban gunmen for criticizing their rule, including banning education for girls. Her campaign matches the struggle of most Arab nations, but Nigerians adopting that? You should see my confused face now.

I remember reading an article compiled by Sahara Reporters on the poor state of Nigerian schools, paying closer attention to the infrastructures; and the thought of ASUU's demand struck me. I know people will bombard me with the shortcomings of the Nigerian Government but what exactly has the Academic Staff Union of Universities done to deserve what they are demanding? We have lecturers who grade students based on their performances in the bedroom, or based on bribery and buying handouts, what then justifies their demands? Isn't the education of every Nigerian citizen our collective responsibility as Nigerians? It is! Because we have ignorant Boko Haram members throwing bombs around as though they were mere stones. That is definitely affecting us all. So are you still thinking this is not your business?

If organizations in Nigeria recognize the power of foreign education, why aren't there bodies to come up with creative ways to reform our schools rather than bunch of clowns taking pictures of them donating noodles and cartons of juice to "charity". The discrimination against Nigerian students in Nigeria is simply appalling! Is the intention to propel folks (who are under paid) towards sending their kids abroad for education? It is definitely not about sitting up in class but simply about killing the Nigerian citizens’ esteem. It would  be great to have Nigerians ranked top in something productive rather than their ability to defraud another or kill. The most confusing part of it is; the more we all rant "It is well" the more things are falling apart. Now we don’t not even know how exactly to start fighting the new kinds of crimes that have been emerging! *whew* I have a lot to say but this will just go on and on..... Someone help me conclude this please. I don’t know what Nigerian graduates would cling to or what exactly the future holds for us if we aren’t accepted even in our own country *Drops Pen*

1 comment:

  1. My view is, as it applies to our tertiary system; First we have to clean house - Nigerian educational system needs to shift from mere certification to practical utilitarian approach to education. There is too much emphasis on certification and near-total neglect of performance. This is part of the reason for the neglect(as the subject reviews), but Nigeria at this point in her development and history, must know that it has to think and act differently. The idolatrous glorification of certificates has taken a worse turn in recent times: if you bring a certificate from a university in any foreign country – no matter how backward that university is, you are rated as better than a Nigerian graduate in the labour market. It has nothing to do with what you are capable of doing; what matters to employers, especially in the private sector is that your certificate bears the name of a foreign country.

    Also, we cannot pretend to be blind to the rapid growth of “cash-and-carry” degrees, diplomas and certificates in the so-called “learning or lecture centres” of certain tertiary institutions which sole aim is to generate revenue for the schools and fatten the instructors’ pockets. Everything is for sale! All of these have to stop, our processes re-engineered for all to see then we can fight the mayhem unleashed by foreign certificates.