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Experts Urge Govt To Show Commitment To Education

Experts in the education sector have called on government to show more commitment to the development of education in Nigeria so that it can take its rightful place.

Speaking with The Reporter in an interview, a university teacher, Dr Anthony Ademeso of the Department of Applied Geology, Federal University of Technology, Akure said lack of commitment by government has made education look like it is not needed.

Reacting to the assertion by the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu that education standard in Nigeria has fallen and that most Nigerian graduates can not read or write, Ademeso averred that education standard has not fallen adding that the situation in the country has made some students to be unserious.

He identified unemployment, insecurity and the general situation in the country as reasons why majority of students are not serious about their studies.

“As far as I am concerned, the standard of education in Nigeria is not falling rather it is rising. In my department, we produce a lot of first class graduates who go out of the country for example to China and still come first in competitions. Will you say the standard of education has fallen in that case?

“I agree that majority of students are not serious but the few that are serious are making waves. And it is as a result of lack of commitment of government to the development of education.

“Most of these students when they are playing in the class and you encourage them to be serious, they tell you that their brothers that graduated five years ago have not gotten a job. They prefer to go into yahoo.

In sixties, seventies and early eighties, you can hardly find a university graduate who could use the computer but today even pulpils of primary schools in some places will manipulate the computer and use it to the development of different careers.

Chairman of Academic Staff of Secondary Schools in Ondo state, Comrade Tajudeen Balogun who also opined that the standard of education has not fallen in Nigeria said the country has a percentage of students who can match their counterparts in other countries.

“They go outside the country for competitions and they come home with laurels. The bulk of the problem lies with the government. Look at it from this point, how much do they allocate to education? They prefer to waste money on frivolous things. Look at what is happening between Federal Government ASSU, what they should just sit down and resolve, see what it has resulted to. they trivialize important issue like that.

“Another thing is that they place too much priority on certificate. Let those who want to go into pure academics go there and those who are technology inclined go through technical colleges. Technical colleges are no where to be found in Nigeria except for few.

“Parents too are not helping matters. In fact, it starts from religious homes. Children will be going to church without bible,students no longer read, they no longer go to library. They prefer to watch movies, football matches and so on. All these are not helping them education system in Nigeria.

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