Education holds the key for a better future. The role of education in the development of a nation cannot be over emphasized. It’s effects are far reaching and this is why the education of the younger generation is a matter of utmost importance in the world with several organizations such as UNESCO rallying to see that children all over the world are equipped with good education.
Sadly, the Education system in Nigeria is in a comatose state. And this is clearly evidenced by the number of parents struggling to send their children abroad for better education. From elementary up to the Tertiary level, the quality of education in NIgeria is nothing to write home about. For several years, students performance index in National exams is on a steady decline while universities churn out half baked graduates.
Things didn’t get this bad suddenly. The current state of affairs is as a result of several years of policy failure, poor funding, Mismanagement and bad leadership. One of the biggest problems plaguing the education sector is the lack of qualified teachers. There is a dearth of qualified teachers in Nigeria and this has impacted negatively on the general standard of education. Many teachers are unable to write or express themselves well and have little or no knowledge about the subjects they teach. This is largely due to faulty recruitment processes, lack of regular training, wrongful deployment and poor remunerations etc.
Another major challenge to our education sector is the lack of infrastructure. Public schools in Nigeria are a hideous eyesore with dilapidated buildings, dirty classrooms, ill equipped laboratories, and empty libraries. The classes are over crowded making learning difficult and teaching, a herculean task. Most of the secondary schools don’t have a library and the few who do, have only a few books in stock. Students are subjected to learn under very harsh conditions resulting in very poor outcomes.
The standard of education has also fallen owing to absence of good regulation by relevant government authorities. The inspectorate divisions have collapsed hence there is no real supervision or monitoring of schools to ensure they comply with set standards.
With the dismal state of affairs in the educational sector right now, there is a compelling need for a complete overhaul of the sector. We need to turn things around immoderately for the educational sector and ensure that the future of this great country is secured because education is the key to a better future.
At APN, Our policy in education shall be holistic; it shall be greatly driven by science, technology taken into consideration the peculiarities of our people. We shall undertake concrete policy measures as follows:
- Expand access to education and raise the standards of teaching.
- Improve the qualities and numbers of teachers in our public schools.
- Improve the working environment and welfare packages of our teachers at all levels of the educational sector.
- Grant scholarships to indigent students.
- Incorporate entrepreneurial, vocational training and skills acquisition programme into our school curriculum.
- Give special focus to science, technology and ICT development in our schools.
- Invest heavily on teachers’ training and monitoring institutions to boost the overall quality of Education.
- Encourage the Private sector to partner with our government to fund and support education by providing tax incentives to them.
- Make progressive increase in budget allocations to fund education.
Our target shall be to equip our graduates to be employers of labour, and also be employable if they choose to seek for employment.