60 years of Nigeria’s Independence: Assessing Education in Nigeria.

As Nigeria turns 60, how good has education fared in the country? After the colonial and Post colonial era, are Nigerians proud of what is left of the educational sector?

The British left us with quality education that can only enable us to read and write with no form of technology or technical education.

With the recent increase in the number of schools at all levels, is it enough to carter for education in a country with a population of more than 200 million people?

Figures from the National Bureau of statistics 2014 shows that we have over 22million pupils in 62,406 public primary schools in Nigeria. In 2005, we had 9,015 public secondary schools. One will begin to wonder if these facilities are enough in a country of over 200 million people.

Over the years, the elites in this sector have bemoaned poor budgetary allocations made to the sector annually. Given that any country that wants to grow should give education it’s pride of place in the scheme of things.

Over the years, we have witnessed stakeholders in this sector raising issues leading to multiple industrial action.
While interacting with news men, some stakeholders lament on the poor state of education in the country while others are of the view that we will get there soon.

We have witnessed a situation where pupils have to learn under the shade of trees. We have witnessed pupils studying in a flooded environment. We have also witnessed a situation where a teacher takes a class of more than 70 pupils. Our tertiary institutions should be a story for another day.
This leaves us with the question, what will be the state of the educational sector in time to come.

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As we celebrate this year’s independence anniversary we should look inwards to table and tackle the issues of getting a well informed generation, through providing the needed educational standard for Nigerians supported by government and the private sector. This should be in the areas of funding, mentoring and promotion of technological skills needed to function in the 21st Century, where everything has gone digital.

By Vivian Igbo

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