The standard of education in Nigeria is one which is of great concern compared to other developing countries. When talking about the standard of education in a country, it cuts across the whole country and does not focus on a specific area. It covers state, federal, government and private schools. They should all be of the same standard with minimal differences but of a similar standard. However in Nigeria the case is different, if one reviews the standard of education of various schools you find out that each school is of a varying standard, they are either high mid-class or very low. Even schools within the same sector would have different outcomes.
For instance take a look at the standard of education in state and government schools, the standard of education in the state and government schools are of low and poor standards although they are owned and provided by the government. No well educated person or well to do Nigerian would like to send their child/children to our government or state schools (bear in mind we are talking about early years, primary and secondary educations in this instance) however in the higher education aspect the state, federal and government universities have a very good reputation in terms of their standard. Nevertheless I carried out a research that shows if the education standard has fallen?
This study wasn’t limited to two private universities but included three federal universities due to need of balance in the findings. My sample from the private sector was 50 people and also for the government were 50 from each school.
A lot may say yes the standard of education in Nigeria is good based on some products (persons) that have excelled in this area. However questionnaire was given out and 80% students/staff from each of these federal universities (UNILAG, NAMDI AZIKIWE and UNIPORT) said that the standard of education has fallen due some vitally reason.
20% of Namdi Azikiwe student/staff stated the fact that Nigeria is not organized. And we need co-operation to make things work in Nigeria and that include the education system of Nigeria. While 60% blamed the government for their poor governance and lack of support in education.
20% said the standard of education is improving as people are encouraged when it comes to schooling. And also, the girl child education which was before time neglected. Today we have women in politics because of the importance of education.
Unilag was no exception. 90% of student/staff said that the country lacks educational infrastructure and some factors however limits our education rate. E.g. poverty, age etc. While 10% said that the education standard is ok. Because of there is no country that is not challenged with issues like this in one way or the other.
The last federal university asked some question like;
This system or standard we have does it work for everybody? - Individuality.
Can I receive the same standard of education in any part of the country?
What happens to the less privileged who cannot attend certain schools with good standards as a result of poverty?
As 99.9% said “we still have issues with strike and practical experiences in terms of learning”
They came to a conclusion that the educational standard is very poor and hope for the promising bright future.
When it came to the private university, it was a different case. As I said earlier on, the education standard depends on the way one views it. I took my sample from Cable University and Covenant University.
Based on the result gathered from the questionnaires given to Caleb University student and staff, 60% said that the educational system is poor as students are drilled mentally (theory) and fail to provide them with practical or hands on experiences which is the best form of learning. For example in a Nursery 2 class the children are learning about planting, after teaching the children and telling them what plants are and their importance. The teacher should show the children what a real plant looks like. The teacher can organise a planting activity where children can plant their own seeds or a visit to a farm in their community.
While 30% said that the methods of teaching is not versatile, as teachings are not tailored to meet the needs of the children in our class. For example some children learn better when they handle things while some are visual learners, some need more time to attend to a particular learning before they master it. i.e. a teacher while teaching a group of children adding sums, the teachers can use strokes to represent numbers and then count the strokes together to arrive at their answers, the teacher could also use physical objects such as counters to teach it to the children, the interest of the child could also be used such as cars, oranges, books etc.
Looking at it from the private sector, 10% agreed with the term that the system has not fallen because of the infrastructure of the old has been replaced and that the government has been in the business of building school.
My last finding was gotten from Covenant University. 70% said that the standard has fallen based on the jamb result this year was disappointing.
A lot of student really failed the examination which shows the poor standard of education, they also agreed with the terms the education standard is not graded based on the infrastructure placed on ground put the result of student can make it stand.
30% said the education standard as fallen as year of study is still prolonged all in the name of strike. Showing that the government is not organized.
In total, grading it by percentage, most of my findings shows that 80% respondents said, “the education standard of Nigeria as fallen”
Every school should have a standard curriculum which should be followed by all education providers in the country. It helps in covering from the early years sectors through a secondary school.
My opinion focuses on early year’s education, Basic and secondary and university education only. This is because if a child is not provided with a good foundation, this has a great effect on the Childs future negatively. And with the findings, it shows that both federal and private university are of the say that the standard of education has fallen.
My advice to the government is they should pay more attention on education. Just as they pray for a better leaders requires meeting up with the facilities needed to build these effective leaders in question.