Write an article for publication in a national newspaper on the importance of education in national development.
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EDUCATION AND NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT IN NIGERIA BY UWADIA OROBOSA
every Nigerian child. • Overhauling and reforming the content of general education to make it more responsive to
the socio-economic needs of the country. • Development and consolidating of the nation’s higher education in response to the manpower
needs of the country.
• Developing technological education in order to meet the growing needs of the nation.
All these resolutions failed and could not achieve their purposes in the educational system.Several attempts were made for the nation to evolve a systematic, workable and stable national development program but the defects in implementation and adaptive style have compounded our success.
As a result of this there are many quack graduates, incompetent leaders with selfish motives and acts gotten from colonial masters. They are just there creating more problems for the impoverished and the nation at large. I know they will not listen to me but one day the owner of the world will come and take his place.
At this juncture, I am of the opinion that government should review the existing education curriculum because higher education, particularly university education, is the bedrock of research for development.Therefore the shelves in various universities should be dusted and their variousrecommendations used as veritable materials for solving many of our developmental problems.
The uncontrolled establishment of private schools should also be stopped. That is, those who don’t have the necessary infrastructure and tools for learning.
I do agree with Uwadia that Education is the key to sustainable development for any nation. How much accomplishments can you expect of any educational system that is not run by the education professionals or people with visions of manpower needs of the country? Noble policies or resolutions mean nothing without implementation. How can one measure the progress of what’s not implemented? If only the National Educational Council (NEC) was able to implement the resolutions of 1969, we may be singing a sweet tune about our educational system today. In the contrary, the NEC set a wrong precedent for non-implementation of educational policies and a lip service to the vital sector of national development.Educating the citizens of any country, formally or informally requires the involvement of all stakeholders with appropriate and clear directions from the governmental supervising agencies. Though constant review of curricular and instructional practices according to the latest educational researches for all levels, adequacy of supply of materials and other resources, on-going staff development workshops, well-equipped libraries at all levels, parental involvement where appropriate, may be part of a functioning educational system; what’s more needed in our own case, in my opinion, are the governments and officials who are well committed and passionate about education in this age of globalization, adequate funding & monitoring, research and development on education for sustainable development, and full participation of the private sector (both corporations and NGOs). I believe that If the Nigerian corporations had been fully involved in the viability of our educational system as they should, maybe it won’t have gotten this rotten. The higher education sector is in desperate need of repair especially in the area of visionary leadership, adequate funding and other resources, well equipped libraries and other tools for learning, safe and secure environment conducive for normal educational process to take place, partnership with other higher institutions home and abroad, etc.Though we may not be able to do anything about the past ills of our educational system or those responsible for its degeneration, it’s never too late to wake up to the need to change the current mediocre system to a better one. We can all have our inputs in a better educational system. Education should not be a business of making fast money for those ill-equipped private schools, but if the so called public schools can’t boast of better facilities and tools for learning; there will always be unscrupulous people who know nothing about educating youths that will exploit the loophole. The government should weed out the quack schools or institutions as soon as possible. Improvement in our educational system will continue to generate diverse ideas, views and opinions; one common denominator is the fact that the infrastructures of our educational system and various implementable educational policies have to be continuously monitored, reviewed and updated as required by the political and socio-economic needs of the country. In this age of information and communication technology, our educational system at all levels should not be found wanting. This is a nice one from Uwadia.
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