The rate of school drop outs in Nigeria is on the increase, while the standard of education at all levels has fallen drastically.
Banditry, cultism, gangsterism and examination malpractice are now common place in most educational institutions. Of concern, is the dearth of qualified Teachers and basic infrastructure at all levels, just as mushroom educational outfits have taken over.Major cities and suburbs are home to a room, two rooms and three bedroom schools, with people wondering how these schools secured Government approval. A sizable number of state Governments now rely on these schools to compliment their efforts in the education sector.
Indeed, over crowding, poor working conditions for Teachers and poor sanitation have resulted in the poor quality of teaching and the turn out of half baked products.
The proliferation of continuing education centres, also known as to cater for the tutorial colleges, deficiencies of the regular educational institutions has not helped matters.
These colleges perfect various methods of examination malpractices, including bribing of examination officials, to obtain desired results.
The physical outlook of average student, is a good reflection of the rot i the system, such a student if not observed carefully could be mistaken for a motor park tout or a street urchin.
Under normal conditions, wherein governance revolves on accountability, education is an instrument of change and a means for accelerated development. But this is only possible when education is available, relevant, accessible and affordable to everyone, who is willing and ready.
To address he perennial problems confronting the education sector, Government should go extra mile to create an enabling environment for teaching and learning, comparable to what obtains in advanced countries.
In addition, Government should embark on regular supervision,monitoring and evaluation of the entire system of education, while ensuring a rich curricula, that is diversified, to emphasize integrated skills development at the should basic educational level.
In conclusion, leaders facilitate attitudinal change, by laying good examples for the people to follow.