Nigerians charge government to restructure education system

Luqmon Balogun, Lagos

The government of Nigeria has been advised to restructure the nation’s education system and protect it from its continuous fall.
The admonition was given in Lagos south-west Nigeria at the annual speech and prize giving day of the Holy Child College, Ikoyi Lagos.
Education in Nigeria was described as a sensitive sector which must receive adequate attention by the government and stakeholders for any remarkable success to be achieved.
The consistent change in government’s policy was also attributed to the
deplorable state of the nation’s education sector.
Mr. Clement Orji, an education expert said unstable policy arrangement regarding any sector would affect the people and development of the sector, stressing total overhauling of the system.

“Continuous reversal of policies most time, hampered development and this must be taken into cognizance by policy makers. The old policies of Nigeria’s education had impacted positively on the system, and the intermittent reversal of the policies has had an adverse effect on the country’s education,” Mr. Orji explained.
He said that the old system of education in Nigeria was designed to identify every child’s potentials, urging the government to restructure the system to suit the global standard.
Mr. Fredrick Nwosu, an ICT expert noted that the road to enhance the quality education in Nigeria was a combined effort of government, teachers and parents.
According to him, “It should be a combination of many factors, but most importantly, the teachers and parents have to work together to enhance and improved the quality of education in Nigeria, a couple of time the parents have left it in the hands of teachers alone, while they abandoned their responsibilities.”
The College Administrator, Reverend sister Ify Atuegbu said the award was designed to charge the students to improve in their studies in order to ensure qualitative academic performance.
Atuegbu who condemned the poor handling of public schools by both government and teachers however enjoined them to be proactive.
“Poor organization and lackadaisical attitude to teaching, late payment of staff are some of the reasons for what is observed in our government schools.” she said
She urged the teachers to be more committed to their work and advised government to provide enabling environment for teaching.
Mrs Okeke is a teacher; she advocates all-inclusive programmes to motivate the students to do better.
“Government must try to organize programmes that will incorporate the students and motivate them to do more in their study. If government can equip our schools system, it will go a long way.” Mrs Okeke said.
Students on their part commended the school authority for providing conducive learning environment for them. They also asked government to address the challenges confronting the education system in Nigeria.