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Clarion call: Education recession in Nigeria

23 May 2016, 14:14 Bakare Ibrahim Toyin

He has perished, anyone who leaves this world and fails to pass across trans-generational lesson which will be count down either orally or scripted. The blindness of a society lies in its failure to man education sector and this statement exemplifies the current state of education in Nigeria.

“I think ours is another damned generation of loss” (Ben Okri).

Okri’s statement intertwined Soyinka’s lamentation which says “The current generation of Nigeria is a wasted generation”.

Nigeria societies, in no doubt, are abyss of ignorance due to their failure towards promotion of education. It could be recalled that those days, prominent people in the societies were known not for volume of wealth but with classical knowledge they transmitted to the younger generation which served as sources of scholarship.

The modern society of ours is a vehicle or channel for promoting corruption, debauchery, rubbery, and scores of social vices. The early twentieth century without disputing, has produced the highest numbers of prominent scholars, poets, writers, novelists, activists and prominent political leaders like Obafemi Awolowo, Nnamdi Azikwe,Tafawa Balewa and their likes.

Twentieth century also produced prominent writers like Christopher Okigbo, Chinua Achebe, Niyi Osundare and Amos Tutuola, to mention but a few. It is pity these days when you see a graduate who cannot construct a simple sentence even to prove what he or she had undergone during his or her university stay.

Amos Tutuola who was said to have only acquired primary school education surprisingly produced a lot and was the first writer in Africa whose work was first published outside Africa.

It is heart-wrenching that national examination bodies like WAEC, NECO, and JAMB etc. have released statistisc showing large numbers of applicants who failed the exams annually.

The major causes of failure in education can be linked to the following:


According to Merriam Webster Dictionary are “Sounds that are sung by voices or played on musical instruments or an art or skill of creating or performing music.” Music those days was an avenue for promoting culture. For example, Fela Kuti music was preoccupied with “Freedom” and liberty from military junta. Currently, Nigerian music industries are tools for promotion hedonism and social vices with sex and monetary pursuit as their theme.


Secondly, the agent of socialization for the youth is society. It is a pity that Nigerian societies are engineers for promotion of social vices like raping, necrophilia, ritual et cetera all these blind creeds have left education behind. You can hardly find good writers in a community promoting art rather flashy things. Without much ado, decline in education is also caused by parents, government and poverty. Government are trying in scholarship aspect but it is not enough and have left our education standard haphazard.

In conclusion, I am urging all relevant stakeholders, Nigerian government and society to revive our education through the orientation of the youths and adults from the grassroots and deliverance of sound education plus scholarships for the protection of our posterity. 

- MyNews24

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