How insecurity is affecting education in Nigeria


News of abductions, kidnap and killing of students and pupils in certain locations across the country is very alarming and to think that it happens on regular occasions without any intervention by the government is disheartening. Fear has gripped many including parents and students and has drastically affected education and the value placed on it.

Not once, not twice but times without number have students been either kidnapped or abducted on their way to school, right within the school environment or on their way back. Parents have remained no efforts to get their children back at all cost including paying huge ransom amidst rape and human rights infringement against their children.

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It leaves the psychological effect of ‘safety first before education’. No one wants to die because he/she needs to go to school. So far alot has gone wrong including the psychological damage of young pupils who get snatched on their way to school and ofcourse the entire education cycle especially at affected areas.

Talk of how insecurity has;

Placed less value on education

Right now, begging to survive is what’s left of terrorism survivors especially in the northern part of the country. Whatever sounds like school or something close doesn’t make sense anymore. If the same education makes students and pupils vulnerable to terrorist attack, they rather sit at home.

Disrupted the academic curriculum

Recovering from the wake of covid 19, insecurities hit yet again, this time hitting education so hard and helplessly. The already disrupted academic curriculum and calendar has finally lost shape especially in the Northern part of Nigeria where families are constantly displaced from their homes and students from their lesson centers. Moreover, no one cares anymore. The struggle to live first is overwhelming enough to think of anything else.

The mental health of displaced and kidnapped children

Kidnap, abduction and killing instills fear and terror in the minds of young people particularly those who have experienced it first-hand; hence, giving no room to accommodate academic information which doesn’t matter so much right now.

In the end, we will blame poverty and high cost of education for the rate of illiteracy in the country. What is worth doing is worth doing well. The educational system in Northern Nigeria is suffering, students are losing out big time and we are not seeing government take a major move to intercept in this case.


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