In spite of the several attempts to bring excellence and quality into the educational system in Nigeria, she has been less than fortunate in that pursuit. One basic disease plaguing the life of this sector in that regard is the impregnable corruption that has stuck to that sector, such that even if killable, that attempt will be inimical to the existence of the so called custodians of that sector, and hence must encounter a military barricade.
For students to be admitted into the various learning institutions, they must bribe their way in there or have people in the higher echelons that will pass an order for certain names of students to be given an automatic admission, without regard to their grade, which could probably be far below the required standard.
To pass exams, students must equally bribe their way out else they will have themselves to be blamed for refusing to tow the path of the gods of the institution. And in most cases, the exams supervisors help the students facilitate their indulgence in exams malpractices.
This portrays an obvious absence and total neglect of objectivity, excellence, and wisdom in the cult mentality of those who claimed to be in charge.
The consequences of all these issues are heart breaking, embarrassing, retrogression and total failure, which the entire nation and even the world at large have to or must have to, but bitterly, contend with.
With this ugly menace rampaging across our various learning institutions, little wonder that a greater percentage of the students are not driven by both the will and the passion to study well, or even study at all, since the institution have glamorized an easy path through which the students can conveniently pass their exams and make applaud able grades.
At the end, half-baked students are graduated and unleashed into the labor market. Students who cannot find their feet in the sticky water of the labor market; students who can not fit into the labor market. No matter how considerate their employers are, they will shortly come face to face with the glaring poverty of quality that has built a big tent in both the certificate and knowledge department of that job seeker.
Sooner than later, same frustrated bandwagon of glorified graduates will join the queue of their kind and begin to heap all sort of abuses on their government, accusing her of not doing well, of not providing for them employment opportunities, etc.
Yet the most amazing of this category of graduates is that they go seeking for jobs in big companies, that will pay them good salaries and they proudly reject job offers in smaller companies with smaller pay. How funny.
Now, with this style, how can the Nigerian education system bounce back to glory? How can her graduates contribute positively to the development of their country?
Another major cause of this problem is that the Nigerian education system has upheld the style which says, “acquire the certificate first, and every other thing shall be added unto you.” And this is one major reason why Nigerian graduates are not well recognized beyond the shores of this country, because other countries are only after what that brain can offer and not the unmerited grade inscribed in that certificate.