It is really appalling watching Nigeria’s Educational system dwindle with each passing day. With the increased strike actions in higher institutions, corruption, delay in the payment of teachers’ salaries, drowning of students’ voices while hindering their rights and many more problems, it seems as though little or no effort is put into revitalization of the sector. These problems faced by the academic system, has turned out to be one of the major factors affecting the nation’s development. With the current situation, would you ever believe there was a time in Nigerian history when students were paid to study in higher institutions, while their welfare were looked out for.
Those moments when there was nothing like incessant strike in the educational industry and workers were adequately rewarded. Then, when jobs were offered to students upon graduation from school. It was then, that students who are the main consumers in the academic field, were given opportunity to express themselves and also had students’ rights entitled to them. I can’t help but wonder what happened to those moments.
Nevertheless, Nigeria’s failing system of education can be summed up to be as a result of corruption and poor funding of the sector. Corruption has become a ticking bomb faced by almost all institutions in Nigeria. It is the reason why nepotism plays a part in hiring of labor and admitting students. It is the reason good grades are traded to students with bidding power. It is also the reason, advocates on students’ rights have minute contributions regarding the affairs of the students. Corruption has taken different forms and has attacked the nation like a canker-worm feeding it’s way through without checking its damage. It can only be attributed to greed as a result of human insatiable nature and can only leave a decayed system for the younger generation to handle.
The problem of corruption can be solved if people learn to work hard and consistently towards growth, rather than buying their way to hit jackpot quickly, without any reasonable laid down strategies. If corruption is left to linger more, citizens might end up suffering from the aftermath of this suicide bomb shell-corruption. Poor funding of the system has left the sector messy with inadequate infrastructures and facilities for learning, continuous striking in institutions of learning, can be attributed to corruption lingering within the system, with workers trying to augment the short falls in their salaries by accepting bribes and grading students based on their pockets. It is no longer news that many industries retrain employees having accepted offer of employment as they feel that most graduates can not implement learnt theories in real life situations.
This has only ridiculed education and tagged it a waste of time, energy and resources. Funding problems of Nigerian educational system can be solved by privatizing these institutions, seeking investors and creating avenues for students to generate funds for the school. Privatization, which operates on the transfer of an organisation from government to privately owned and controlled, can prove effective in checkmating mismanagement and each institution, in a bid to perform better than the others are well funded to meet standards. In return the owner, ensures he makes a good run with his money by scrutinizing each unit and sanctioning defaulting employees. With the presence of investors in each school, the system can be run partly by them as they contribute to major decisions involving school development. These investors buy shares and allocate funds for revitalization and growth. Investing therefore, acts as an avenue for eliminating poor funding in Nigeria’s educational sector. Avenues can also be created for students to generate funds for the schools. Students can be involved in giving to the society while learning by setting up clinics, research centers, industries run by students and supervised by their tutors, giving services at a reduced cost to encourage patronage by consumers.
The revenues realized from these services can be used to improve the institution and the students are more so, exposed to real life work situations, making them adapt quickly in their work place after graduation with little or no subsequent training. It might have seemed that the challenges of the Nigerian educational system cannot be solved, but with the adoption of any or all of these modules, chances abound for a gradual lit in the system whose ripples would positively contribute to nation building.
Written by: Obinwa Oluchi