REASONS FOR THE FALLING EDUCATION STANDARD IN NIGERIA

Reasons For The Falling Education Standard In Nigeria…
When the major cause of falling standard in education is
mentioned in Nigeria, we often point to lack of funds and it
baffles me that even professors, academicians and teachers
always rush to point to under-funding as the major cause. A
closer look and experience over the years have made me
come to the conclusion that under-funding is CERTAINLY
not even the top three causes of falling standards in
education.
Putting more money into the system without first of all
cleaning it up is like putting more and more fuel into a
leaking tank as it will eventually leak out bring u to the same
point of emptiness.
Here are my perceived causes of falling education standard:
1. Corruption:
this comes in various forms ranging from;
– employment of unqualified teachers
– lecturers lecturing in many and as such not been able to
lecture their students very well. How can NUC claim not to
know when one lecturer is lecturing in up to 7 universities?
How can such a person deliver?
– ghost teachers in the system. If properly investigated we
will discover that not up to 75% of the people on government
payroll really exist and or are truly working.

2. Poor Supervision:
the major difference between public and private schools is in
their supervision. While private school owners will insist on
having value for their money so as to keep the schools
running and attractive to more people, most public school
teachers and lecturers are not properly checked and as such
they miss classes, lectures, and even teach rubbish without
anybody bringing them to book. You see NUC accreditation
teams visiting schools only to get fat envelopes without
doing the check and balances they are meant to do. Even
secondary and primary schools are not left out because
those who are suppose to supervise and monitor them from
the ministry give prior notice before coming and only care
about the gifts they will get from the schools.
3. Lack of qualified and passionate teachers:
teachers are a key to educational development. Let me be
quick to point out here that the lack of good teachers is not
entirely due to the poor remuneration of teachers but
because in most cases, employment is done based on bases
of godfather and not merit.

3. Lack of qualified and passionate teachers:
teachers are a key to educational development. Let me be
quick to point out here that the lack of good teachers is not
entirely due to the poor remuneration of teachers but
because in most cases, employment is done based on bases
of godfather and not merit.
4. Misplaced priorities:
in a bid to embezzle money, many state governors bring in
fraudulent programs that weaken the system. For example,
how can you explain that a government can feed students
and at the same time some of the students in these schools
are receiving classes outside and a staying like 70 in a
class?

Way forward
To overcome this ugly trend and set our education system
on track, we must do the following:
1. Properly supervise and monitor our schools to ensure that
teachers and lecturers perform their duties.
2. Get rid of unqualified and in-passionate teachers in the
system and bring in those who are qualified and passionate
about teaching.
3. Get rid of ghost workers thereby saving money that can be
plowed back into the system to make it better.

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