The rot in basic education
THE terrible state of basic education in Nigeria can no longer be ignored. Recent reports and revealing photographs have assaulted us through the print media, radio and television. Spread via internet, the nation’s infamy is again laid bare before a global audience. We must act to rescue basic education before we ruin the future of our youths and consign them to perpetual mediocrity.
The decay is everywhere in evidence: dilapidated school buildings, many without roofs, walls, doors or windows. Across the country, pupils attending public primary schools are being subjected to formal instruction in dehumanising circumstances. A survey in The PUNCH late in December found out that in several states, not only had school structures collapsed, some casualties also had been recorded. In October, one pupil died and four others wounded when the wall of a community primary school in Ado Odo/Ota Local Government Area…
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