Saturday, August 16, 2008

Obsolete IT Curriculum in Nigerian Universities

There was a little noticed article in the Nigerian newspapers recently. Apparently the curriculum being used to teach the next generation of Emeagwalis in Nigeria is obsolete. This is probably not news, hence there was no call for a Senate/House of Reps hearing to discuss this finding or any noticeable outrage from public commentators.

Why is it that despite the huge increase in the price of crude oil and the booming African, specifically Nigerian economy, there is no noticeable progress in the education and health sectors? What would it take to fix the problems in these sectors? Do we need to call the colonial masters (the Brits, the French) back to help us revive these sectors? Even though that thought may be untenable to most Africans, the truth is that during the colonial era, we had good infrastructure and the system worked.

At a minimum we should be exceeding the standards (i.e., the system worked) set during the colonial era to honour the bravery of the great men and women that fought for national independence. The future of Nigeria, indeed Africa depends on these students that are being trained using obsolete curriculums. How are they going to compete in the global talent market?

Quoting Mr. Emeagwali: "Intellectual Capital Not Money alleviates Poverty" We hope our leaders are listening.

1 comment:

Damen08 said...

The situation in our country is a sad one. Blessed with so much and so little to show for it. There is no way our graduates can compete in the global arena with so little preparation...........