Umuahia - A former member of the House of Representatives, Dino Melaye, has expressed concern about the falling standard of education in the country.
Melaye said this during the Gala/Award night of the Students Union Government, Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike on Saturday.
He spoke on the topic "Democracy, Corruption and the state of education in Nigeria’’, and expressed regrets that the education sector was left in "ruins’’.
The former lawmaker said that performances of Nigerian students in national and international examination had brought to fore the enormity of the challenges that bedevilled the sector.
Melaye said that the incidence had direct bearing of the democratic process as future leaders were trained under a `shaky’ foundation embedded in corruption.
"Education is key to the survival of Nigeria’s democracy and the continuous fall in standard can be attributed to corruption among the political class,” he said.
Melaye said that people tend to sit aloof while the system was eroded because of the decay in the value system.
He called on stakeholders to stand and speak out against the ills that had pervaded the system.
"The reason why we don’t have proper understanding of democracy is that we have failed to understand and appreciate our fundamental human rights as a people,” he said.
He said that students held the ace in the march toward a change in the moral value.
According to him, Nigeria shall be great again, but first as students, you need to prepare yourselves to be change agents.
"We have a system that is faulty, and therefore, needs to come out of our cocoon if not the system cannot be better.
“Our education sector is expected to be at the vanguard of saving our dear country from mediocrity, and the students need to form cells in order to propagate this gospel of reformation,” he said.