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Students Decry State OfEducation
Posted on: October 01, 2013, 06:46:12 AM
As Nigeria celebrates its 53rd Independence anniversary, the continued closure of the public universities attracts criticism from students who spoke with JAYNE AUGOYE and TEMITAYO FAMUTIMI These are trying times –Ogunjobi These are trying times for the nation, I
must confess. Nigeria has not faced
greater threats and total paralysis in
major sectors than this period in its
history. The nation’s journey in the
past 53 years was a chequered one replete with many gains and losses in
its social, political and economic
advancement. Nonetheless, as a
Nigerian student trapped in this crisis,
the Independence Day should offer
the present administration the opportunity to correct the anomalies
in the education al system and other
key sectors in the economy.
•Oluwafemi Ogunjobi, 400 level
Language Arts, Obafemi Awolowo
University, Ile-Ife, Osun State. Why celebrate mediocrity? –Irabor Our educational system is in a
shambles. We call Nigeria the giant of
Africa but countries like South Africa,
Benin are getting it right and making
many of us to seek further education
there. With the state of our education and the high unemployment rate,
rolling out the drums to celebrate
Independence will be tantamount to
magnifying mediocrity.
•Peter Irabor, Post-graduate student,
Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife OsunState. Our political class has failed us – Oladimeji. After 53 years of independence, our
educational system is nothing to write
home about. The most painful thing is
that our political leaders appear not to
be bordered about the sorry state of
the sector, which should be the bedrock of the nation’s developmental
effort. All they care about is the 2015 general
elections. It is also sad that the
government reneged on an
agreement it signed with ASUU, a
development that has forced the
shutting of the public universities in the last three months. The political
class has failed the future leaders of
this country and there is nothing to
celebrate about the anniversary.
•Ayotunde Oladimeji, 300 level
Accounting Technlogy, Ladoke Akintola University of Technology,
Ogbomosho, Oyo State. Don’t forget, education is the bedrock –Arthur That Nigeria is celebrating its 53rd
Independence is a good thing. But if
you ask me, I see no reason why the
celebration should go on, especially as
students are idle at home and the
country faces problems of insecurity and lack of power supply, among
others. The FG should please meet the
ASUU’s demands so that we can all go
back to the classrooms. With what is
happening, it seems that the country’s
leadership has forgotten that education is the bedrock of every
nation and that an idle mind is the
devil’s workshop.
•Neji Arthur 400 level, Education
Administration and Planning,
University of Calabar Let us not cause more damage – Usen As Nigeria celebrates Independence,
the education sector has not made any
significant progress. It shows the
government’s nonchalant attitude to
this all-important sector. I wish that its
conflict with ASUU could be resolved soonest before the sector experiences
worse damage.
•Tom Usen, 400 level Geology, Federal
University of Technology, Minna, Niger
State. Blame ruling class and ASUU – Oghenovo I wonder why we celebrate
independence when the state of
infrastructure, standard of living and
education in the country is nothing to
cheer. But for education, both ASUU
members and our political rulers will be nowhere. So why are they
depriving the younger generation
from having better education now. I
pray that the ASUU strike will be
resolved soon.
•Joy Oghenevo, 400 level, Banking and Finance, University of Benin Everyone has a hand in the rot – Alex-Ojekunle After 53years, the education system is
in an abysmal state. Rather than
pointing fingers at the Federal
Government and its agencies, I will
rather say that we are all involved in
the epileptic state of the sector. To revitalize the sector, all hands must be
on the desk. Although we expect
much from the government, our
individual contributions will go a long
way in helping the government to
map out a strategy that will promote and enhance effective education that
can stand the test of time and compete
globally. Also, this will go a long way
in showcasing the strength of Vision
•Oluwaremilekun Alex-Ojekunle, 400 level Public Administration, Obafemi
Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun
State. No good governance, no good nation
— Adefalujo
With regard to the anniversary, there is
nothing to celebrate. The schools are
deserted, lecturers are at home and
students are roaming about the streets. There is also insecurity
everywhere as issues of bombings
and killings have not been resolved.
So, what exactly are we celebrating
when the events and happenings in
the country at the moment do not speak well of good governance or
even a great nation? It is sad.
Aderonke Adefalujo, 400 level,
Theatre Arts, University of Abuja These are frustrating times –Loon This period has been difficult and
tough for me because there is nothing
to do at home. There are no
opportunities out there and this is sad
and frustrating. There are no jobs for
University graduates not to mention an undergraduate like me. I just wake
up, eat, sleep and allow evil thoughts
to come to my mind. For me, there is
nothing to celebrate, especially now
that the singsong everywhere is
industrial action. The nation has failed in many ways and celebrating the
anniversary is just a mockery of the
word ‘independence’.
•Momoh Loon 400 level History,
University of Abuja


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