Nigeria is endowed with both human and natural resources. The population of children and youth, who need education, is increasing by the day and yet the system is bedeviled with so many challenges.
One of the major challenges affecting our education system, especially the tertiary institutions, is frequent strike action by the academic staff.
Over the years, tertiary institutions in the country have experienced series of industrial actions by lecturers. Many will agree that despite the strike actions nothing much has changed in the sector. Following these series of strike actions, a student who is meant to complete his studies within four years ends up finishing in six or seven years.
Another problem with our education system is improper admission system of new students. There have been cases of students who met the admission requirements which include obtaining five (5) credits and above in WAEC or NECO, scoring cut off mark or above in both UTME and Post UTME but yet not admitted into the university.
Also, an institution may have 2000 slots for students to be admitted into the university in a particular year, but sells about 5000 forms to students who obviously all want to be admitted. At the end, 2000 students are admitted, while the rest 3000 are left to their fate. With all these problems and more, our education system cannot be described as progressing.
All hands must therefore be on deck – government, private individuals, non-governmental organizations, traditional rulers and elder statesmen – to put heads together in combating these challenges so that our educational system will at least take a new progressive look in the nearest future.
Kailani, a 400 level student of Mass Communication, wrote in from Bayero University Kano (BUK)