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In the wake of recent happenings – the collapsed building in Lagos and the of a little girl sent out of for fee default, some thoughts crossed my mind.

Why the need for school? What do we aim to achieve by being educated? Is education really a scam? Can we learn without going to school? Is knowledge only acquired within those four walls?

According to Malcolm Forbes, “the purpose of education is to replace an empty mind with an open one”. Considering the current Nigerian situation, can the actual purpose of education or going to school be achieved? Is it possible to have a schooling system which caters for interests of students instead of strictly adhering to a curriculum?

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We are told, “go to school, study, pass, graduate, get a and your life has begun” but this progression is unrealistic. Only a privileged few get jobs right out of college. Connections play a key role in getting a decent in this part of the world. That is, who you know or who knows you (or your parents). Your results or certificates are insignificant.

However, I realised a while back that going to school and learning are two very different things. Most of us went to school to “learn” how to draw and label slipper-shaped paramecium, look for “x” all day and cram the almighty formula. We never really get engaged in practical sessions where the real learning lies. We hardly get asked personal questions or get treated or attended to individually – well, unless your parent is super-rich, you are one pain in the neck or exceptionally gifted.

To be fair, one practical I vividly remember us engaging in had to do with onions. We were all asked to come to school with onions for biology practical. Some brought two, while others brought four or five. Guess what we did that day. We checked out under a microscope (holding it was the only exciting part) one of the layers in an onion (meanwhile, my teachers went home with lots of onions because the entire class just used one.). Thinking back, what did we really learn that day? We learned how to look into a microscope I think.

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A school has become a place you go to cram useless facts and unnecessary knowledge which are mostly inapplicable in real life. It is a place where you are tested and assessed based on how well you can memorise. This should not be the case.

All a student wants is to study (cram), pass, graduate (with good grades if possible) and get a job. This is what has been unconsciously imparted in the average Nigerian student, so he just wants to just graduate by all means. The main purpose (which is learning) is overlooked and replaced with the slang “eni to mo ‘way’ lo mo iwe” Which means “those who know the “way” are the smartest.” It also means you do not necessarily have to study but if you know what to do (cram, cheat or bribe), you could pass.

That’s why most of the graduates our institutions produce these days are half baked.

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Sadly, our lecturers are not helping matters. Most of them are all about working thirty days and getting paid. Only very few passionate ones are interested in actually imparting knowledge.

I once had a white lecturer taking us Inferential Statistics (Prof. Bruni) who resigned and went back to his country simply because he was frustrated. From the way he bitterly expressed himself during his last class, one could sense the passion he had for imparting knowledge. He told us during that class why he came to . He said, “I came to this country to teach, to impart knowledge but other lecturers make it impossible. How can students fail a subject and the lecturer is happy? Why should I get queried because my students pass my course? This, I do not understand. It is unnatural and makes no sense.”

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In essence, why do we really go to school?

I believe we do so to prepare us for the real world. The process itself, the stress we are exposed to – waking up early, time management, sense of responsibility (the prefects) and meeting with deadlines (homework before play/other activities), etc., helps build a structure/pattern of living and how things should be done. Also, we get to unconsciously . We learn certain social skills and form a few meaningful and lasting relationships. In addition, we go to school so we know and protect our rights. Another purpose of education is: to get empowered and as such, no one can disrespect us.

All these apart, I really do not know why we go to school.

Why do we go to school?

Please share your views in the comment section. 

 

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Abass Sulaiman Adegoke, well known as Adegoke is a student of Federal Polytechnic Ede studying Civil Engineering, He is a media enthusiast, loves traveling, and has a special interest in personal development.

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2019 UTME – JAMB Releases Cumulative Performance Statistics

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2019 UTME – JAMB Releases Cumulative Performance Statistics E4MsjQdv3rHtZYd5U2XppF3ATZi98AT0Mgvy5V6d

The presentation at the JAMB policy meeting by the Registrar of JAMB, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede has been made available, and it contains statistical data on the cumulative peformance of candidates in the UTME. The data shows that 427,156 candidates scored 200 & above, while 1,787,368 scored 120 & above.

View the table below for more details on the cummalative performance of candidates in the 2019 UTME, as provided by the board.

S/N Cumulative Range  Total Number of Candidates
1 200 & above  427,156
2 190 & above  588,038
3 180 & above  788,817
4 170 & above 1,026,242
5 160 & above 1,283,259
6 150 and above 1,524,127
7 140 and above 1,694,048
8 130 and above 1,768,524
9 120 and above 1,787,368

 

source: Myschool. Ng

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NANS raises alarm over poor state of education in Nigeria

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NANS raises alarm over poor state of education in Nigeria NANS raises alarm over poor state of education in Nigeria NANs 1

The leadership of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has lamented the poor state of education across the states of the federation.

Mr Adeyemi Azeez, Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the association made this known in a statement in Abuja on Saturday.

Azeez called on all governors of states (both new and returning) to immediately set up visitation panel to all higher institutions of learning.

Azeez noted that it was imperative to make the remark about the country’s educational sector after a general overview from all the states of the federation, NAN reports.

“As it is obvious that only a sincere, dedicated and purpose driven government at states level can bring a clear repositioning to the education sector.

“NANS calls on all governors of states (both new and returning) to as a matter of urgency and necessity, set up visitation panel to all higher institutions of learning.

“This will avail the government with detailed state of each campus and proffer realistically workable solutions to address the challenges,” he said.

He noted that the president of NANS, Mr Danielson Akpan had also described as disheartening, a situation where education that was free and accessible in the days of today’s leaders, is now unaffordable to the sons and daughters of the poor.

He said that most classrooms, laboratories and libraries had become ill-equipped in recent times.

Azeez, however, commended Gov. Dapo Abiodun of Ogun for declaring a state of emergency in the education sector of the state, during his inauguration speech on May 29.

The association, however, implored the governor to make his declaration a complete reality and not just a mere pronouncement.

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