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Education development in Nigeria

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Sam Egwu, Education Minister Recently, stakeholders in education under the aegis of National Council on Education (NCE), the apex education policy body in the country, gathered in Abuja to brainstorm on how to deliver the Nigeria 's education sector from the woods. No doubt, the nation's education sector, over the years has been bedeviled with many problems. The worst of it, the abysmal decline in the standards, and performance of students from various levels of institutions in the country, churned out as graduates. It is no longer news that employers of labour would have to undergo training and retraining of their new recruit in order to ensure efficiency on the job. Some analysts added that the problem of unemployment is further heightened by 'half-baked' graduates from the nation's ivory towers that are supposed to be places where competent skilled manpower are raised for the society.

Besides, decay in infrastructure; nonchalant attitude of lecturers in the education sector as manifested in complete erosion of standards, discipline in the management of public schools; lack of effective supervisory body to ensure quality educational delivery in the country; lack of teachers' motivation. Successive administrations pay lip service to the reform of the sector. Of course, the obvious is that the children of the haves could afford to attend expensive private university local or abroad. Just in Ghana, our neighboring West African country, it was reported that huge numbers of students in tertiary schools in the country are Nigerians. Why, because they have got it right academically.

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