A call for sympathy for our education sector
Following Jamb’s announcement of this year’s thresholds for public universities, some people have taken to the media to mock the board and disparage the entire country for the continued degradation of its education sector. education. I’m sure what inspired the idea of reducing the cutoff grades to the minimum of 140 was the terrible performance of the students. Even though this reduction calls for sympathy for the nation, these people have deceived themselves by mocking the council and rejoicing in the poor results of the students.
We can’t get it right when we just choose to laugh at the dysfunctional system. We are experiencing an embarrassing failure in our education sector, from which we will take a long time to recover. Some believe that students these days don’t read hard. And that they generally “cheat” to enter higher education institutions. This might be true for some purposes. While I agree with that, I also agree that teachers are pretty blameworthy as well.
It would be a grave injustice to attribute the failures of students to their teachers. But there is one point we all need to consider before we jump to the conclusion that the fault lies solely with the students. As I said earlier, students tend to do worse than their parents and teachers expect today, thanks to the rise of TikTok, Snapchat, and Facebook, among other misleading apps. . Yet parents and teachers are partly responsible for these poor performances. The reason is that some teachers do not deserve to teach because they are not properly trained or unfit for the teaching profession.
Many of them lack teaching methods. While some of them got into the profession by accident. Whenever you hear of accidental teachers, we have a number of them in our public and private schools. They don’t teach because they want to transform the students, but because of the chicken feed they usually bring home as wages.
Looking at the precarious state of our public universities, as well as the long but unresolved struggle with ASUU, you will understand that this government is doing next to nothing to fix our rotten education sector. We should, instead of making noise or taunting students for their poor performance, cry, help in our little ways and hope for the best.
Usama Abdullahi writes from Abuja.