The standard of education in Nigeria will continue to fall because
politics and white collar job are hindering the development of the
sector, Ibrahim Malumfashi, Dean, Faculty of Arts, Kaduna State
University, has said.
In an interview with our correspondent, Malumfashi, who is also
the Head of Department, Nigerian Linguistics and Logistics, at the
university, added that students are not interested in learning, but
are only interested in getting good certificates at all cost to secure
white collar jobs.He said the education sector in the past was
much better than what is obtainable now because during the
colonial rule, there were structures on ground to make sure that
the education sector really works.
“There was support from government in terms of infrastructure,
recruitment of staff, equipment and so on, even the monitoring
aspect of the system was better before than what is obtainable
today. At that time, you had inspectors for primary and
secondary schools and they were always up and doing. From the
early 1970’s to the 80’s, we started observing retrogression in the
sector. Some people blamed the whole scenario on over
explosion of students and pupils right from 1976, when Obasanjo
introduced the Universal Primary Education (UPE) which brought a
lot of movement from the primary level to the secondary.”
“By 1982, the number of students coming out of the primary
school going to the secondary school and those leaving the
secondary school to the higher institution quadrupled and pupils
were just being graduated en-masse; that was the beginning of
the whole problem,” he said.
Malumfashi, who said politics also plays a major part in the
education system, added, “It is like this; if I am chairman of a
particular local government, I will ask my people to bring their
relatives, and we will just put them in the system to continue
collecting salary without doing the job.”