I spoke to my professor in Nigeria last month and told her my experiences in graduate school in United States and the teaching styles. I told her the faculty should stop given or dictating notes to students and this does not help students. She does appreciate that information and promised to discuss at the faculty meeting. What are you views, because most of graduates can not express and defend their certificate
There is urgent by National Universities Commission (NUC) and States of Ministry of Education to overhaul the education curriculum and principle of learning and teaching. The idea of giving students notes by lecturers and secondary school teachers is an ugly situation which National Universities Commission and State ministries’ of Education should view seriously to move the country to meet the 21st century standard.
There have been mass failures in West Africa Examination Council examination and National Examination Council because of deficiency in principle of learning and teaching methodologies’ and curriculum. In our higher institutions is almost the same story. The bottom line and the reality are teachers and lecturers think for the students, so students can not think for themselves, express their themselves so notes are brought into examination even when is not open examination. There should change in teaching styles in our universities and secondary schools that value logic and critical thinking, and stress inquiry, concept development, problem solving, and analysis. Students are not ready to work independently. Teaching styles that allocate learning support assistant (LSA) and set more suitable learning challenges for students and build self esteems.Stated by Ayodele Fashemi
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The Nigerian system is not built on Critical thinking or stress inquiry as you pointed out. This is traceable to the colonial mentality (way of teaching) which is already outdated long time ago.
I am currently a research student in one of European University. Comparing my experience here, and the knowledge I acquired from the Nigerian educational system. One will realize that we are decades behind.
In order to improve our Educational system the Govt need to introduce the following measures.
Foster or encourage Student Exchange programs with European or American Universities.
Foster or encourage Professors/Lectures Exchange programs with Western Universities.
Research proven methodologies / Case studies. (We need to compare and contrast our Educational
system, with that of the western, with focus on Culture and Political landscape, as well as the outcomes)
Our Educational system needs much funding (especially, research oriented. Using the six perspectives
(what, how, where, who, when and why)
We should stop accepting the norm. (Increase Govt spending in Science as well as Sociology)
I mentioned sociology because an average Nigerian still possesses the Primate tendencies.
(Especially our politicians)
This is what Bill Gate (Microsoft founder) has to say about why America is successful today.
"Why are we the best in information technology and inventing new medicines? It's not because we have low defense costs. It's not because we have low medical costs. It's not because we have a simple society to get things done in. It is because, at least for that top 20 percent or so that get a good (University Education around the world) .... ..is that we've let smart people from other countries come here. We net import massive I.Q. It's our most important import by far." unquote
interesting, i would disagree with you here. i think its up to the student choice of learning not that of the teacher.