I’ve always questioned the standards of our education system right from the onset and of course the memorize-and-regurgitate nature of examinations. At a point, exams were no longer interesting for me since questions became so predictable and were apparently demanding rote sessions. The concomitant lack of thoroughness in Nigeria’s educational space makes a total caricature of education itself.
In many Nigerian schools, you don’t worry about being overburdened with practical sessions combined with a cram of textbook pages to cover. You only find yourself asking if instructors aren’t merely building course outlines around preset exam questions or trying to play guess-right pranks on students with the latter being to compensate for either their being made to multitask in the face of inadequate staffing or their very own professional ineptitude.
Nowadays students earn degree certificates easily with little or no creative input. Even Nigerian politicians easily enrol in unaccredited mushroom universities to meet the demands of their political careers. We’re no longer talking about the fact that thesis topics are deemed “exhausted” (something I don’t believe) or that copy and paste has come to be justified by the reported exhaustion. The unfortunate and most heart-breaking reality is that the teaching process is has become so devoid of practicals so that the whole system is rendered utterly unreliable.
There are a bunch simultaneously related and unrelated issues that plague the current system and this is not restricted to Nigerian universes alone. Until we redefine our concept of education and examination, completely overhaul the entire educational system, I fear we’ll only keep breeding scholars who can’t contribute creatively to the society…
Stephen Charles Kenechukwu