Editorial

REVAMP EDUCATION NOW

Every government we have had has always promised educational reforms. The reforms they have had in mind and implemented turned out unfortunately to be magnificent new buildings, purchase of modern, new equipment from abroad and introduction of courses that are irrelevant to our developmental aspirations and needs, just because foreign educational systems’ colleges offer them. Yet the need for these physical fittings and material things has never been met. They have always been in deficit. Even when the country was very rich and money was not our problem, so to say, the demand for those things had always outstripped the supply. Reforms will not come with meeting the infrastructural needs, which can be considered impossible, because of our population explosion, dwindling incomes, and planlessness, and of course corruption.
What the country rather must face squarely now is to make educational reforms a sincere practical action rather than a lip-service. If this is to be so, the reform targets will be the unemployable products of the education system. They would be produced in such a way that they would be in demand and the labor market would soak them away as soon as they leave the campuses after graduation. All the subjects and courses through the gamut of the entire education system of Nigeria must be reviewed from A to Z and made adaptable to the concrete needs of the society. This will start the process. The teaching and learning process would then be revisited to make them humane, attractive and friendly. This is very important.
In this wise, we point to the dog eat dog relationship among students, pupils and teachers in Nigerian schools. In schools the learners have taken up arms against one another and against their teachers. The teachers are also up in arms in self defense. With schools turning into war theatres in the name of what is ignorantly and carelessly called ‘cultism’, how can knowledge transfer take place normally? How can the products be what they are intended to be?
It will be great reformation indeed to reconcile students and teachers in all Nigeria’s schools to begin with. In our view, any attempt to remove the flaws in the education system must go to this root of the matter. For the education system to give out good products, the learners must be loved by teachers and taught without bitterness. Learners must reciprocally respect their teachers and hold them in high esteem. Government must see to this. Parents and families must be in support. It is the much talked about reform everybody is calling for in the education system, which never comes.

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