Big Blow For Nigerian Education System As Society Demands New Reform
- The Royal Commonwealth Society in Nigeria (RCS) has launched the Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition 2022
- Participants are selected in different categories ranging from different age groups starting from 14 to 18 years old
- Meanwhile, the essay contest flag is also in commemoration of Queen Elizabeth II’s 70th year on the throne as the monarch of the United Kingdom.
FCT, Abuja- The Royal Commonwealth Society in Nigeria (RCS) has called on the government and other stakeholders to help save the education system in Nigeria.
RCS Nigeria Country Director, Mr. Blackson Olaseni Bayewumi made the announcement on Friday, June 3 in Abuja at the launch of the Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition 2022, hosted by Cradle 2 Harvard International School.
Speaking to reporters at the event, Mr Blackson said the essay competition was held each year in keeping with one of the Commonwealth’s virtues and values.
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He also revealed that the launch of the essay contest was also to commemorate the Platinum Jubilee of the Queen of England, Elizabeth II, which marked her 70 years on the throne.
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“We are publicly launching the 2022 edition of the Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition for schools in Nigeria to join their colleagues in Commonwealth countries to enter the competition.
“The winner will be invited to one of London’s palaces for a week-long event and numerous certificates will be presented.
“Secondly, we are celebrating Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee. She is dedicated and committed to promoting Commonwealth values.
Also speaking at the event, Cradle 2 Harvard International School Host and President Mr. Phrank Shaibu said his love for writing and education inspired him to organize the official launch of the essay contest.
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He said the competition is held in all Commonwealth countries as it is also open to all high schools and colleges in both private and public institutions.
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Asked about the state of the education system and what the future holds for Nigeria, Mr. Shaibu was quick to respond saying that Nigeria needs a radical reform of its education system.
Mr. Shaibu said:
“I’ve seen the state of our education system, particularly in terms of what we call educational tourism and I think this is an opportunity for us, especially me and an educator, to lead to load and save our education system.
“We have over 215 universities in Nigeria, and the capacity of these universities does not exceed 225,000 per year. We have over 1.9 million students across the federation taking the JAMB exams every year, what that means is there is a danger.”
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He further added that there is a need to improve infrastructure in other countries to accommodate more students in classrooms. He said that a large majority of secondary school students who have not reached tertiary level are among those who constitute a nuisance, thus fueling insecurity in the country.
Mr. Shuaibu said:
“The only way to end insecurity in Nigeria is to address the issue of education first and that is why we are here to lead the campaign at Cradle 2 Harvard International School.”
ASUU strike shows government complacency
Reacting to the relentless strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and the government’s failure to reach a compromise with the union, Shaibu said the situation shows the government’s shortcomings and incompetence in leading the charge. for a standard university environment. .
He criticized the government while referring to a number of Nigerian students who travel to neighboring West African countries like Ghana and Benin Republic to pursue a degree.
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Supporting his charge, Mr Blackson appealed to the federal government to reach a compromise in time to allow students to return to classrooms.
“Regarding the issue of the ASUU, we can only appeal to the federal government and the ASUU because I believe that there is no problem that dialogue cannot solve. We have to reach a compromise because of the future generation.
Meanwhile, the launch of the Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition 2022 featured many side attractions with the participation of various schools from Abuja and Nasarawa as well as powerful dignitaries from different countries of the Commonwealth nations.
Students from Cradle 2 Harvard International School performed the Nigerian and British national anthems in a soothing rhythmic cadence that was greeted with resounding applause from the audience.
A short drama from the reign of Queen Elizabeth was also performed by the students as well as a cultural dance by the school’s instructors and teachers.
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In another development, the federal government hinted that it would end the ASUU’s three-month strike.
The federal government has announced that it will pay the sum of 34 billion naira for the payment of minimum wage arrears.
Chris Ngige, who made the disclosure on Tuesday, noted that the payment was not intended only for ASUU, but would also include academic staff members of polytechnics and colleges of education.