Highlighting Nigeria’s falling standard of education; Teachers without Boarders (2006)reported the measurement for standard of education to be “how the products of schools can be measured in terms of outcome.” This is to say that the standard of education of any given place can be measured by how school leavers contribute to the society in terms of cognitive, affective and psychomotor. When the standard is low, half-baked graduates are produced.
Recently, the Kaduna State Government sacked over 22,000 thousand teachers who failed the teachers’ qualification exam. The governor, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai, describes this event as a step towards reformation plans to improve the standard of education in the state. Based on this assertion, the State seems to be trying to reduce or completely eradicate the influx of half-baked graduates into the society.
However, the action taken by the government did not go well with the teachers union. The teachers responded with strike actions to express their dissatisfaction with what they considered to be unfair treatment. Here is a thought: since the dismissed teachers were taught by preceding set of teachers, shall we then say they are all unqualified?
Realistically, parents cannot be left out of the discourse since they are also major stakeholders in the education system. Citing socio-economic disadvantages as justification, there are those who, instead of sending their wards to school, make them hawk on the street. These are the same ones who turn around to blame the teachers for not teaching them well. In a show of complacency, some even buy special centres and arrange faux results for their children
The system in which our education standard finds itself also contributes to it sub-standard. A while back certificate was an asset to its holder, employment opportunities wasn’t difficult to find, hence pupils and students alike were studious and as much faced their studies meticulously whereas the youth of the present day feel like they have lost nothing if they fail to concentrate squarely on their studies as the acclaimed geniuses and gurus have found it difficult to secure jobs in spite of their excellent performance.
If a child, as young as primary and secondary school learns from someone who isn’t qualified, how does one expect that child to make head way in the tertiary institution, if they make it there? Some of them aren’t ready to learn, can we blame them? Most of them have spent more than 7years in school because of the various kinds of strike, now all they want to do is make money, so they drop out and start hustling.
Perhaps the government is doing its best by fashioning out good education policies, building some structures and renovations of some dilapidated structures as well as providing textbooks and teaching learning aids, however, its best isn’t good enough. There is still room for them to improve especially in the area of the teaching and non-teaching staff’s welfare.
Similarly stakeholders in the child education programme such as pupils, parents, teachers and the society at large must ensure that they all play their part so as to ensure that the standard of education in Nigeria rise up for the future generation.