Sunday, September 28, 2008

Quality of Nigerian Primary School Teachers

According to a recent report released by the World Bank, 57 out of every 100 primary school teachers in Nigeria are unqualified. Anyone that cares deeply about the future of Nigeria should be outraged. By jeopardizing the future of school children with unqualified teachers, Nigeria is jeopardizing its own future.

It is an open secret that the public school system in Nigeria is in shambles. Private schools have sprung up everywhere trying to fill the void. No nation can survive or will be able to compete in the 21st century without a strong public education system. Perhaps if public officials (Governors, Senators, House Members etc) are required by law to enroll their children in public schools, this issue will get the kind of attention it deserves.

Are the children in these schools being prepared for jobs that pay a living wage? Are they going to be prepared for the 21st century workplace? Will they be employable or would they become a menace to the society at large. Your guess is as good as mine.

I leave you with the famous saying - "If you think education is expensive, try ignorance"

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