Education will always remain the basic criteria to measure the growth and development of any nation. This is why we have come up with some ways to improve education in Nigeria. This article discusses the major components that need to be worked upon to create an effective improvement strategy.
It is without doubt that the deteriorating state of the Nigerian educational system can in no way compete in the global space. Although successive governments have theoretically upheld its objectives, none had successfully implemented the policy. Nigeria’s educational system is in assorted crises of infrastructural decay, neglect, waste of resources and sordid conditions of services.
The level of funds available to a large extent determines the quantity of school objectives that will be achieved. This is because funding is important in the acquisition of basic human, financial and material resources needed to transform the objectives of the schools into reality.
The implementation of the right to education requires funding in order to build schools, pay teachers’ salaries and training; provide teaching materials, etc. It is also obliged to provide progressively free secondary and higher education and to continuously improve the quality of education.
Quality education is a very important tool for increasing the possibility of higher income levels for individuals, and for the economic growth of the nation. In most cases in Nigeria, quality education is only found in private schools owned by private individuals or NGO’s, thereby making it unaffordable to the average Nigerian man and the less privileged. This should be apprehended, as every Nigerian child needs access to quality education.
Quality education is one of the most basic public services that provide the foundation for equity in the society. It enlightens, empowers and enables citizens to contribute, to the maximum extent possible, especially to the social and economic development of their communities. Hence, quality education should be made available for easy access to every Nigerian child.
Technical and vocational education help a nation develop technologically and industrially by producing people who are competent and capable of developing as well as utilizing technologies for industrial and economic development. Schools in Nigeria need to introduce vocational education into their curriculum.
By doing so, it will assist students to develop important skills they can use in the future. It also helps students to be skilled and in turn, offers better employment opportunities. Vocational training should be taught to children from an early age. That way, they can imbibe and nurture the expertise as they grow.
Technology in education is a great way to encourage active learning as it provides opportunities for students to consider real challenges and come up with solutions. Through the use of technology inside and outside the classroom, students can gain technical skills necessary for future occupations. It also makes learning fun and interesting for students thereby making teaching easier and stress-free for the educators.
The use of updated technology and equipment will improve the learning experience and will also increase productivity. Technology creates easy access to information for students, accelerated learning, and fun opportunities to practice what they learn. With technology, educators, students and parents have a variety of learning tools at their fingertips.
Examination malpractice is seen in primary, secondary and tertiary education level in Nigeria. Students in Nigeria who did not prepare very well for their examination end up looking for ways to pass in order to avoid certain embarrassment that follows failure. Although examination malpractice may not be fully wiped out in Nigeria and other places all over the world, it can be reduced to its lowest minimum if everyone in the educational system; (students, parents and teachers), work together.
At present, schools prevent examination malpractice through invigilation, structural arrangements in the examination rooms and punishment of offenders. However, students, parents and teachers have a role to play to reduce it to the barest minimum. Seminars should be organized to further educate and emphasis on the importance of hard work and diligence as the right way to achieving educational success.
The education industry today is faced with many challenges, and in order to improve the education system and the performance and development of the education industry in Nigeria, major sector improvements must be made.
Education must be prioritized In Nigeria if a habitable nation is our target and goal. To achieve this, every Nigerian and government must know the value of education and pay the price to get it as education can never be as expensive as ignorance.
If all parties are convinced that it is better to fail honorably than to pass dishonorably, then less effort will be put into exam malpractice.