No Hope Without Education

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No Hope Without Education

Published on Fri, Jan 04 2013 by moroluwayo
I hear people making all sorts of prophesies about Nigeria and the future. I wish them Goodluck. They can pray, prophesy and prepare all sorts for as long as they like. IF we don't fix education in this country, I can assure them all that the country is going nowhere!

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Pikin-In-Chief
Thu, Jan 10 2013
8:33 PM
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So, which comes first, country or education?
 
Multitasking is all well and good, except extremely inefficient. Prioritization helps leverage any efficiencies gained as a result of fixing the first problem tackled, to speed up resolution of the next problem. Rolu posits that education should be first order; I tend to agree as other problems have too many moving parts whereas, how hard can it be to just aim to teach 1 + 1 efficiently to a high standard?
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ipifojola
Thu, Jan 10 2013
6:33 PM
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Yes, but, no and then again...
 
I think the education system is really bad in Nigeria. The SYSTEM is bad. It needs to be rectified, but the fact that its getting worse is just symptomatic of all the other problems afflicting the nation. I would liken saying that the country is going nowhere if education is not fixed to telling a patient with a fractured leg that he won't get better if he doesn't buy new trousers...
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Pikin-In-Chief
Fri, Jan 04 2013
1:55 PM
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Well, that's depressing...
 
So we have a situation where those with means go to International schools, in or out of Nigeria, while those without get low quality education and experience. Problems of this scope gives me a headache; regressive development is not a requirement or fact of human life. A society can be as corrupt as it needs to be, and still evolve progressively, even if only in baby steps. Collectively, the trajectory should be forward, not backwards. When we go backwards, it's time to fire all the leaders and get new ones. 
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cybeeus
Fri, Jan 04 2013
08:57 AM
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Bad... getting worse!
 
If bad could be objectively quantified I would like to say >75% worse within the last 10years. The private & government schools that once existed as the epitome of education in Nigeria are now living on past glory. They are no different from the schools that they previously outshone. They are dilapidated with a combination of destroyed & incomplete buildings and structures where learning takes place. Worse still are the incomprehensible syllabus' that are never completed; these to the demise of the students who attend the schools. WASSCE (previously know as WAEC) & JAMB results are still on an all time record low - pitiful & sad. The only schools getting better are the "international" schools such as British International School, American International School, etc, whose educational systems & syllabus' are held to foreign educational expectations & standards. Mind I say that students from these schools only write Cambridge & SATs & not WASSCE (or WAEC) & JAMB. Needless to say >90% of the students that attend these schools end up going to colleges in the UK & America, most of whom graduate to work in these foreign economies never to return to serve Nigeria because our country does not have a plan to integrate them into our economy and use them to develop our country after they graduate. Also, these schools cost a TON of money; probably more than the lower upper class in Nigeria can afford. Let me remind you that I have not talked about places, especially in the North, that have no access to basic education.
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Pikin-In-Chief
Fri, Jan 04 2013
12:55 AM
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How bad is the education really?
 
This is very true. Education is very important. Lacking knowledge to the contrary, I would think our education quality should be getting better, but I suspect that's been overly optimistic right? So how bad is it?
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