How Nigerian Government Justifies The Claim That Education Is A Scam

The current trends in the Nigerian academic sector justify the claims that education is a scam. The government at all levels has made it impossible for those who have formal education to have a better life.

What is the basis of education if a better life is not assured after graduating from school? Education is designed to bring the best out of the society and world at large.

Marian Wright Edelman said that Education is for improving the lives of others and for leaving your community and the world better than you found it. Dalai Lama, while emphasizing its importance said the purpose of education is to build a happier society; we need a more holistic approach that promotes the practice of love and compassion.

Education, they say is the key to success. Unfortunately, the government has lost the key. The disposition of the Nigerian government towards graduates has proven that education is not the key.

In the face of difficulties, parents and guardians struggle to pay the exorbitant school fees, buy textbooks and borrow money to meet other academic responsibilities.

The poor students, on their part, play the roles expected of them. They keep adjusting even when the adjustment is finished.

It is not just easy for parents to take care of their children in Nigerian universities, especially now that the fee is hiked. Think of a situation where one would pay a school fee of about N250, 000 per session. Other expenses such as rent, feeding, dues are not included.

Academic pursuit cannot be mentioned without strain and stress. After all one has undergone in school, together with a huge amount of money spent; no job.

Graduates retire to motorcycles or tricycles as a last resort to make something out of the bad condition. What then, differentiates a graduate from a person who never valued education?

The school proprietors/proprietresses take advantage of bad governance by paying graduates N15, 000 per month after five years of learning in higher education.

Is this a good investment? Is this development encouraging people to make education a priority? Education goes beyond self development. If everybody becomes an employer, who will employ the other?

It is improper for a graduate who had invested a body, soul, and spirit in formal education to earn a meager that cannot put food on his table.

Nigeria’s government must go back to the drawing board. Education ought not to be a scam, spending millions of naira and years in school without a job make people have a different opinion on it.

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