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Nigeria’s education in a shambles
I was posted to observe my National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) primary assignment at a public school in Iseyin, Oyo State, and I must say that being an igbo lady who didn’t hear a word of Yoruba, it was really difficult communicating with my students.
The reason for this is their low knowledge of the English language. They don’t know the basic things senior secondary school students ought to know, and I wonder if it is due to the society they are in. However, the truth is that public education in the country is nothing to write home about. That is why political office holders will never send their children to public schools.
If government is serious about reforming the country’s educational sector, all political office holders should first be made to enrol their children in public schools.
If this happens, they will have no choice than to fix the rot in these public schools. You can imagine if the governor’s son is in a public school, then he will be left with no alternative than to give his utmost attention to education in the state. He knows that if he fails to do this, it will rub off on his children who are in the state’s public schools.
I hope legislation can be made towards making it compulsory for political office holders to transfer their children to public schools, no matter the schools they were attending before he got to public office.
Iseyin, Oyo State.