Nigerian University System: Analysis of Paralysis


asuuIt is no longer news that our present-day campuses are in shambles. Neither is it any longer news that the system that once produced intellectuals, inventors, Nobel laureates and many other well-to-do individuals is now producing nothing but half-baked graduates. Sadly, our campuses that once competed with world standard universities, have now lost recognition in the world educational system.

And now, we are left with dry tales of our past glories. It is always disheartening when I listen to older generations speak of the state of our campuses in the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. Their stories of well furnished laboratories and libraries bring tears to my eyes. Their tales of having sizeable classes as opposed to our own large population hurts my heart. It creates a ‘thorn in my flesh’ anytime these people tell of the once-upon-a-time story of glory of how less congested their hostels were.

All these pushed me to my seat and got me pondering, “Where did we get it wrong?” “From where did the dilapidated infrastructures emerge?” “When did the overpopulated classes start?” “Who are those that brought such a huge decay into the system?” The less congested hostels are now overcrowded. The well furnished laboratories and libraries can now only boast of rot and staleness. The curriculum in which past generations took pride is still the same one our generation is using. The system has become unbearable!

Seeing such a huge decay, I sought for the cause and I arrived at the fact that we all did. The fault is collectively ours, not just the government’s, as many would want to believe. Though the leadership class have its own portion of the blame, yet it will be unfair to blame it all on them. Contrary to UNESCO’s 26-percent budget recommendation for education, the Federal Government only allotted 9.07-percent this year. However, the expected contributions of other stakeholders as a complement to the Government’s efforts have been misplaced.

The school administrators and the Nigerian University Commission should also be held responsible for the league of unqualified lecturers dominating our campuses (needless to talk about those institutions that cannot boast of more than one Professor). Worse still, majority of the few qualified ones are still unashamed, unapologetic and unrepentant of their evidently poor and archaic style of teaching.

If truly the Nigerian University Commission wants to live up to one of its aims and objectives, which is to regulate the activities of our universities, then it should take goal-oriented moves to ensure that the number of students admitted each session are in proportion with the resources available in that university.

Also, the commission should look into the courses in each department in universities and make sure they are more practical-oriented as opposed to theoretical aspect which they emphasize – especially in science-related departments. Also, efforts should be made to upgrade the curriculums to meet up with the evolving society.

However, the students too, in one way or the other, have contributed immensely to this decay, directly or indirectly. They have so much accepted it as fate, and are doing next to nothing to change their plight. Many of them are vision-less and clueless. They have been brainwashed to believe that all they need schooling for is the certificate; while they neglect the place of knowledge which makes real education and makes education real. No doubt, this is one of the reasons there are ‘graduates’ out there doing menial jobs after spending 4 or 5 years schooling, just because they cannot function in the course they studied at school. Even if all stakeholders in the education sector are lackadaisical about this, the students should not be. They ought to rise up and take charge of their future.

In conclusion, I will want to advise that a state of emergency should be declared in our education sector. All stakeholders need to sit, re-think, reposition and make proper amends as regards the long-abandoned educational system. It is only by investing in our educational sector that we can help improve other sectors because the development and advancement of any country greatly depend on the future of its youth. So if the future of our youth is played with, then we are also playing with the destiny of our beloved country. A Yoruba adage says, ‘The child we do not train will sell the house we build’. Other sectors that we are building will definitely be mismanaged by the youth we deprived qualitative education.

It is therefore noteworthy that the Nigerian students recognize that schooling will not help them if they do not acquire the necessary fortification for employment before leaving school. If the nation is not ready to ‘build’ you, do not leave yourself unfit.

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Ayomide Adegebo

Ayomide Adegebo

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12 Responses to “Nigerian University System: Analysis of Paralysis

  • there is more to the system than meets the eye. these tertiary institution takes a lot from the society and gives a little. yet it demands more. it takes the best of our youthful dreams and gives back frustration. it collects virtue from the society and returns defilement. it takes creativity from the streets and returns paper consciousness. the systems need total overhaul

  • Exactly…not only the government should be blamed for the way the education system is…everybody has a role,but they don’t play their part…

  • Well said…How i wish we can all act on this but we all know we are better in finding the loop holes rather than repairing them. I see Educational colonization if this trend is not solved, a situation where we all send our children abroad for schooling only to get back the unintelligent ones back to rule over the masses when our best have been tied down oversea.. Brain Draining is at the door

  • A factual account. Hmmm…

  • A true, factual account. Hmmm…

  • I agree with assertion about generalizing the faults to everyone.However , for the students who has taken fate and believes going to school is only for the certificate so they could earn a living, I say “Pity”. Having knowledge through education makes you feel good,it makes you stand tall and respected. I’d also like to point out that students should study online when rifts occur between the govt and educational institutions. Also they shouldn’t be coerced or bamboozled into studying a course which isn’t their choice anymore. The state of education in Nigeria is getting almost unbearable. Our current leaders call us the leaders of tomorrow when the “tomorrow” itself looks vague. Individuals should take charge and it will be well with their tomorrow.

  • Bro this is a great idea and it really shed more light on the rise and fall of this nation, but am glad u realise the solution shouldn’t be from the government but should start with you and i, but u tell it to u it will not be possible if the present ruling gtoup is not wiped out……………………………

  • Very clear analysis… We’re collectively guilty for the whole cancer, but as Friendie has said, we should work to show ourselves fit and built non-conformism as the new mode of operation, if the ones who should be responsible for keeping the schools ‘clean’, sleep off. Great piece, team!

  • Yeah ryt.Gud talk.Everyone nid to rise up to d task of building d nation we so desire ,instead of blaming d government for nt having it.It begins with ME.If the slavery mentality dwells in d mind of our leaders,let it not b sold to us at all ,cos it wud b sold at a high price.Lets be independent in our minds and seek out for where we can effect a change.This is sure….CHANGE IS COMING SOON,SO LETS RISE.

  • Awesome! I feel it just hit the point and break the joint. Article like this mirror the foundation of collapse not only in educational system but also the indifferent attitudes of nigerians to all there is to mete for sustainable development of the nation. several times, i ask myself why pushing responsibilities we are supposed to bear to another, as a nigerian i expect the government and others to build up a world class graduate in me whereas i do next to nothing in contributions to making me what’s it that is necessary attitudewise and otherwise. on the average, majority of students in this nation are lazy and majority of the working also have the corrupt mindset. indeed, all these have contributed to the paralysis portrayed in the article. how can an educational system full of mindless crammers excel in producing advance minds required to proactively drive the national development goals to fruition! the situations in truth could be described as state of emmergency.

  • Hmmm…what a cool article..yea it is true dat we students are d future holder..We student shud try to develop ourselves..During the strike period some students were shouting that the govt and the educational leaders were playing with there future..NEVER…If u really know what you are…you wont let your future depend on the govt or the educational leaders…I hope we student could look into this and make some adjustment.

  • …very assertive and accurate overview of our education sector. I think it’s left to the youth to educate themselves -our institutions can’t- and then go back and rebuild the whole system. Nice one.

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