Thanks to Governor Babatunde Fashola, ex-governor of Lagos state, many public schools in Lagos are no longer an eyesore. But that’s only in Lagos, one out of the 36 states of Nigeria and besides, a good learning environment is just one out of the many other factors that make for a quality educational system.
Nigeria’s educational system keeps lagging far behind among her peers and the reason for this is easily traceable to these 4 factors:
If you were to get a dollar for every time poor infrastructure was mentioned next to Nigeria’s education system, Dangote, Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg and Jeff Bezos’ wealth combined will be a midget next to yours.
The right learning tools are absent from a good number of schools in Nigeria. You see computer literacy teachers drawing a keyboard on the board instead of showing students the actual thing. It is not the teacher’s fault, of course, the educational system is simply wack.
In Finland (the country with the best education system in the world), teachers must have a Master’s degree. The teaching profession is one of the most respected professions in Finland. Before you are selected as a teacher in Finland, you have to go through rigorous teaching programs. And once your performance in the school you are posted to is anything but excellent, the principal of the school has to do something about it.
The same cannot be said for Nigerian schools where you find teachers who are not even Bachelor’s degree holders teaching in primary and secondary schools. The poor salary attached to teaching jobs is often the reason behind this. Some of the teachers employed to teach in many Nigerian schools lack the zeal or motivation to transfer knowledge, their only reason for teaching is to make ends meet for themselves and their families.
Same Old Systems And Schedules
There’s a lot Nigeria can learn from the Finnish educational system. Finland completely revamped its educational system using Dewey’s theory of education as a guide. In Finland, it is not about how long you spend studying a particular subject, it is about how much you are able to learn in any given timeframe. Finland’s focus is on all-round development where education is concerned.
Finnish teachers teach to pass equal knowledge rather than for the sole purpose of ensuring the students pass their test, allowing the students to read for the purpose of learning, not cramming to scale through their exams. There are no standardized tests in Finland, only a National exam—which is voluntary, that they sit for at the end of their upper secondary school. How about Nigeria start ditching the antiquated, strict educational systems and schedules in exchange for a holistic teaching environment?
Education Is Simply Not Prioritized
This is very obvious. No matter how many times quality education is hammered on in the media, the status quo remains the same. The government and private bodies alike would rather invest a huge amount of money into other sectors than in education. Take the prizes awarded to individuals with outstanding educational prowess for instance—so meager.
Many Nigerians are against the currently airing Big Brother Naija reality show simply because of the huge amount of money that’s usually awarded to the winner of this show. The winner doesn’t have to do much but show off his “strong” character, regardless of how the character portrayed is generally perceived. A winner could be dumber than a donkey and still cart off millions of naira at the end of the show. But when it comes to educational competitions, these competitions that have the power to quicken young minds to pursue education, the awards presented are usually not much.
Nigeria urgently needs to improve her educational system.