(By Sabiu Zaranda)
“When are we going to stop deceiving ourselves on realities that are happening in this country? Look at how the country’s educational system runs with the current Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME), where University is the first choice followed by Polytechnic then Colleges of Education. What kind of segregation is this? We still have rudiments of Technical Colleges and Unity Colleges but yet all Teachers Colleges were cancelled. Do we really value education at all?“
The problems of our people are numerous to count but the fundamental ones are illiteracy and indolence, while the so called educated ones are so ostentatious and nothing but charlatan. We are so simple minded that someone will just trick us with his opinion and we suddenly jump into conclusion in affirmation of his view to be fact.We should not just give a dog a bad name in other to hang it. The failure of Nigerian students in WASSCE has little or virtually nothing to do with social media. In fact how many of them have smart phone and data subscription?
The kind of exit route that are frequently given to our government as an excuse for negligence in executing their duties dates back since when armed robbery was the MOST threatening insecurity in our country. Whenever there is robbery on high ways, people will begin to complain that the Arm Robbers dress like security men with certain uniform and guns but the big question have always been, is there any market or shop they sell military or police uniform to civilians? Or do we have a black market where security rifles are sold out with life ammunitions? If YES, then does securities operatives not aware of such places and if NO, then why we do exonerate securities for the crime they are paid to prevent? If car was stolen and a certain crime was committed with it, the first suspect will be the owner of the car except if proven otherwise. You can only have your heart eaten by questions with no logical answers.
Now back to the issue of WASSCE result just released where 70% of the student failed and some simpleton have started blaming social media for it. Try to see it this way how many schools do we have in Nigeria that are recognized by WAEC as examination centres? Among those schools how many of them are private schools? Not just private schools but international private schools that operate in Nigeria, then there are Federal schools, State Schools and Community schools, all of which participate in the said examination.
Among the 30% that passed the result inclusive of Mathematics and English Language which schools do we expect to have the highest number of successful candidate? Which category of student do we expect to have access to Internet and social media?
When are we going to stop deceiving ourselves on realities that are happening in this country? Look at how the country’s educational system runs with the current Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME), where University is the first choice followed by Polytechnic then Colleges of Education. What kind of segregation is this? We still have rudiments of Technical Colleges and Unity Colleges but yet all Teachers Colleges were cancelled. Do we really value education at all?
If not in Nigeria where in the world would you see that the whole teaching staffs in government or community school have none of their wards in that school? If not in this country where do you hear leaders saying teachers rewards are in heaven? Our schools are illequipped, the teachers are not motivated, moreover, teaching is considered as last option or plan ‘Z’ and worst job one can get.Yet, we still expect miracle to happen in impacting knowledge or passing examination, HOW IS THAT POSSIBLE?
The reality is that 70% of those that failed WASSCE are students from Government and Community school and 90% of them do not have access to social media, therefore it’s very important that the problem be identified, analyzed and addressed objectively than trying to justified government failures on Education. I stand to be corrected, but what will you expect to be the outcome when the government is giving out less than 10% of budget to education most of which goes to recurrent expenditure?
Sabiu Zaranda wrote from Bauchi, Nigeria.
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