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Why you should be proud of schooling in Nigeria

Have you ever wonder why most Nigerian citizens who go overseas to school would graduate with firstclass honours but if the same students were to school in a Nigerian University,they would graduate with a secondclass lower or a thirdclass probably.
Every time we watch television, we see Nigerians in diaspora excelling in academics and we wonder if they are better than home based students.

I once watched a program on channels television titled “authors kid book club” featuring young Nigerian writers who schooled overseas and all of them were interviewed to have graduated with first class honours.After the program, I asked my self this question.
“Would they have been able to graduate with what they claim if they had schooled in Nigerian universities?”

Whenever I pose this question to Nigerian students, especially those at the Federal University of Technology Minna, I get a lot of response and sometimes they result to serious arguments.Some of the Nigerian students feel inferior when they realised that their fellow Nigerians overseas are doing better than them in academics and others will just say “all fingers are not equal”.
These are some of the responses I received from my fellow students schooling in Nigerian Universities


When you look at the structure of the schools in Nigeria especially the tertiary institutions,you will immediately see the rigid structure in the academic activities ranging from they way students receive lectures to the nature of the exam questions.
Being a student in a Nigerian university, I personally have first hand experience on the stress that Nigerian students go through in the academic process which is very disheartening
Nigerian University do admit over 5,000 students in every session. Take for instance, The vice chancellor Federal university of technology minna, Prof Musbau Akanji is quoted to have said during the 2016/2017 matriculation ceremony for the newly admitted students that “a total of 15,951 applied to futminna through UTME and 3,806 through direct entry but the university could only admit 5,141 students”. The problem with admitting the aforementioned number of students is that they end up having limited classrooms to receive their various lectures.
Imagine over 3,000 students imbibing lectures in a lecture theatre meant for 1,000 students.The result is that some would be seated on the floor, others would stand and the rest would sit on the windows with hot air in circulation meanwhile their fellow citizens in diaspora are seated under air conditioned classrooms to have their lectures and yet we still compare being in Paradise to being in hell.
The nonfavourable learning environment not withstanding,thousands of our Nigerian students still graduate in the second class upper division,some with first class and the rest with second class lower. For instance, in 2015/2016 Federal university of technology minnna convocations conferred 34 students with first class, 790 with second class upper division and the rest with second class lower with 70 pass degree which the university no longer accept

The mode of examination in Nigerian University expect you to know too much about too many and I say this from my experience of being a student in a Nigerian university
Some lecturers will teach one particular aspect of a course but will expect you to know every thing related to that course and if you don’t, you will end up counting ceiling and chewing your pen in examination hall.

The method they use in setting the questions is an issue on its own.A lecturer will teach one thing but will end up bringing something different entirely in the examination and even the question papers will be different individually thereby leaving no room for exam malpractice.
For instance, you might be answering a paper type of A with questions entirely different to the person sitting close to you who might be answering a type B or C paper type and even if they realized that there is a leakage of questions before the examination, they always have a way of changing questions the very last minute to the exam.

Some few months ago, we heard the news that 437 out of 680 foreign trained Nigerian doctors failed the exam conducted by the Medical Dentals Council of Nigeria MDCN at the University if Ilorin teaching hospital which is very worrisome.Some of the excuses they gave for failing the exam were;Non coherent curriculum, the stress they went through to prepare for the exam and an alleged change of questions in the very last minute to the exam but when you look at the aforementioned excuses, they are the things that Nigerian students do undergo every time and that is the more reason why Nigerian tertiary exams are more difficult.What the so called doctors failed to realised is that” failure is not an excuse for alibi”and besides, the other doctors who passed all had one head


The average Nigerian always believes that he needs to be the best in whatever he does and this no doubt usually enhance their performance in what ever they choose to do especially those in diaspora.
In school for instance, we see students pushing themselves hard just to secure the first position in their respective classes but when there is no competition, they will choose to settle for mediocrity
I have a friend who normally reads for about two hours but after being faced by some of his friends trying to top him in his class, he increased his reading time to over six hours.The same thing is applicable to those in diaspora, they study more than their colleagues and believe me when I say that “hard work normally reward those who deserve it”


Although I stated that hard work do reward those who deserve it, not all students who read will actually pass or pass very well because it takes a good student to read and pass far beyond average.
Nigerians are gifted in their inherent nature and we see it manifest in their academics and other walks of life.
We see Nigerians earning the respect of other countries because they’ve shown themselves to be good at what they do ranging from academics to the entertainment industry and other fields

When we take a look at the achievements of we Nigerians students, we realised that being a student in a Nigerian University and a Nigerian also is entirely something to be proud of due to the fact that in spite the diffculty we are subjected to, we always come out successful and most importantly, Nigerian students are better prepared to face the challenges of the real world. I will not be wrong by saying that “if a second class lower student in a Nigerian University is opportuned to school overseas, he/she would graduate with a first class honour.”

2 thoughts on “Why you should be proud of schooling in Nigeria” by Elabor (@Einstein@)

  1. Alade Abayomi Idris (@Aladeidris)

    This write up reminded me of my service year in Sokoto. Among the hundreds of young men and women I met were these two persons that graduated from a Malaysian University. We did things together while in NYSC orientation camp. I found out that these two persons always looked at me and smiled. I never knew why they looked at me and smiled. Until one sunny afternoon when one of them asked if I graduated with first class. I said no. I told them that I finished with second class lower in Uniben. They protested. They said somebody like me would have graduated with first class if I were to be fortunate enough to school in Malaysia or any UK university.

    Thanks for sharing this great work.

  2. Jon Doe (@just2day)

    Quite a bit of what you cover holds merit. That said, tougher doesn’t always equate to better.

    Foreign doesn’t automatically mean better.

    The story of the failed doctors is quite nuanced with conflicting views. After its credibility was brought into question, the list was brought down from the website and changes were made. Some names added, some removed. This is already a red flag bringing the credibility of the exam body into question.

    That aside, foreign schools range in quality. You can’t compare John Hopkins to a no name school in Malawi. A ‘2nd class’ in John Hopkins would easily rate higher than a ‘1st class’ in many other schools. John Hopkins has a 14% acceptance rate

    Much as I know the doggedness Nigerian students display is phenomenal, the world is large. The number of total students we have in Nigeria is less than the number of honor students they have in CHINA.

    Our universities are babies compared to the age, quality and caliber of some countries Universities.

    Even if we claim we are better what have we achieved to show for it?

    What new innovations, discoveries, leaps in theories, technologies, medicine, problem solving have we shown the world?

    What new breakthroughs to shock the world have we come up with?

    Yes we can blame lack of equipment, funding and all sorts of things but that is nothing but an excuse. We aren’t the only country going through such and some countries have managed to claw out advances regardless.

    Is our educational system really effective?

    Yes, if a 2nd class is opportune to go overseas, it is possible he/she would graduate with 1st class, but it is also possible he/she would graduate with 3rd class. Schools in India and other parts of Asia are even more competitive, just as overcrowded and poorly funded as some Nigerian universities.

    What i’m getting at in such a long winded way is we shouldn’t be proud of schooling in Nigeria for such a linear reason. It makes us complacent and hinders our ability to reach the height of what Universities should be.

    A place to further knowledge in the betterment of ourselves, our nation and human understanding. We will make wrong turns here and there, as i’ve probably done in this comment. So long as we continue to correct and improve – remembering we are but a frog in a well only able to see a part of the sky – that is fine as well

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