The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has revealed plans to commence a campaign for restoration of standard, peace and security in Nigeria’s education system, saying that the system is under severe threat of possible collapse.
In a pre-event press briefing on Saturday, the National Treasurer of NANS, Chinyelu Okolie, also called on the federal government to also increase funding for education in Nigeria for the advancement and total revamp of the educational system.
According to Okolie,
“Over the years, Nigeria’s education sector has been allocated much lower than the 26 percent of the national budget recommended by the United Nations.
“Most of our institution’s infrastructures are dilapidated and are mostly inconvenient for practical classes as should be, hence they are left with theories rather than sufficient practice thereby denying us the opportunity to compete favorably with other countries of the world.
“There is a high level of insecurity in most of our campuses, leading to several reports of kidnapping, theft, and death in the student community.
“It is even horrendous to recount that over 1,000 students were abducted from Nigerian schools in the last two years, (from 2020-2022) as reported by Save the Children International – a non-governmental organization (NGO) and the Global coalition to protect education from Attack (GCPEA) also reported that between 2015-2019, there were 100 reported attacks on schools in Nigeria.
“We will not fold our arms until academic normality is restored as we advocate for a standard and quality educational system in Nigeria”.
She further stated,
“Education is the passport to opportunities and in turn should be the basic fundamental right of every citizen but unfortunately education in Nigeria is bisected with myriads of problems.
“It is no news that the Nigeria educational system is under severe threat of overall collapse and continuous decline, especially in the last two (2) decades and this progressive decadence is a resultant of dereliction, educational disparity, proliferation of our Educational system, security deficiencies, inadequate – funding, non-payment of salaries, increment in tuition fees, and moral decadence, not forgetting the reoccurring striking actions, abysmal infrastructure, implementation of foreign curriculum, tribalism, quota system and so on.
“We are calling on all students and educational actors to identify the challenges they are facing in their various departments and sectors, to enable us find lasting solutions that will better our educational system than embarking on actions that will negatively affect the growth of the educational system in Nigeria and bringing untold hardship to the students.
“The essence of public schools is for its affordability, but in recent times, the reverse has been the case. The low-income earners are unable to pay for their children’s tuition fees thereby discouraging them from acquiring basic education and impeding the progress of education in Nigeria, imagine a country where over 10.5 million students are out of school due to financial incapability.
“Lecturers are owed 34 months’ salary in some institutions in Nigeria, this and many other reasons have led to incessant number of industrial actions, crashing our academic calendar, elongating students’ year of study and so on. If this is not urgently attended to, it will further stunt the growth of education in Nigeria”.
“In that Vein, we appeal to Nigerians all over the world, to the lovers of Education across the world, Religious leaders, Traditional rulers and the civil society to look into this matter, work in synergy with us to ensure that our educational system is restored”.
“As we advocate for the advancement and total revamp of the educational system, it is worthy to note that a Country without value for education is a threat to its future. Alone is a voice, together is a Force”.