[Comment] ASUU demands: The unending debate on Education

[Comment] ASUU demands: The unending debate on Education


From Isah Aliyu Chiroma

The storm that rage over the education sector has become something unending. A mask for a frightening strike action roams around the cloud of Nigerian public Universities when academic activities are facing breaks.

This crisis, full of confidence has been batled for several years, it turns out positive, other times negative, leaving the student with the hope of calling off. Lack of investment in the education sector leads to the dwindling of education in the Country. Looking at the Country’s budget, and the percentage given to the sector, it has a long way to achieve what is needed.

The government as the overseer of everything should look at the importance of education to the Country and invest in it, to produce a generation of intellectuals, who are willing to provide solutions to problems in society, by using the knowledge imbibed into them and having access to modern equipment to devour their learned skills.

The threat of industrial action is not the way forward. It is already known to the union that the education sector needs investment, and the question to raise here is how can we draw the attention of the government to invest in the sector to have a productive system. It is very sad as a student to use equipment and tools for practicals that have been there for decades. Probably it was the one used by a professor that thought of you during his undergraduate studies. This is one among many other issues that the academic environment is facing challenges in the race of education.

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Looking at the design of the system, and the population, more facilities are needed to bridge the gap in education in the 21st Century. The minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu said something in his column, which was published on 15th November 2013. He said, “The goal for ending the strike shouldn’t be to save parents anxiety or to take pity on students or to save lecturer’s jobs or to graduate students: It is to save the University system, so that it becomes what it is supposed to be a system for producing a culturally literate society, and for generating and harnessing ideas and knowledge, initiating and driving social and economic innovation, and ensuring national competitiveness on the global scene”. This was worth something to be paid attention to, but eight years from when this was written, nothing seems to be changing, even when those who visualize a dream for the sector were allowed to serve.

It is very sad for a country that refused to invest in its education sector, then what will be the fate of a nation without producing youths with quality education? Education is an ideal weapon to study the past and to create the future, not only creating the future but creating it creatively. This will help to acclimatize the present and visualize the future of the sector. To mold and shape a mind that is ready for the challenges In the race of excellence.

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According to UNESCO, for Education to be standard in a country, it has to take about 26 percent of its budget. Looking at the sector’s budget, you will realize we are yet to make a move in improving and investing much in the education sector. Meaning any nation’s budget for education that is below the standard percentage for quality education, cannot participate and will fail to produce seedlings ready for the race In the field of education and world challenges.

Three sectors of the economy are very important in every nation, the education, security, and health sector. If little attention is paid to any of those sectors, it will be very hard to propel and achieve your dreams for the betterment of that Nation.

As we speak of the education sector, likewise the other sectors are on the same ground or even sloppier, this will not provide an avenue to implement or carry out the vision of the government in the race of nation-building.

The fate of students, lecturers, and everyone in the system is something devastating because if we continue in this pattern, we will not achieve what we want, but only leave the victims with the same wound that we only pretend to treat without getting recovered.

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