We will discuss the challenges of business education In Nigeria And the way forward. We hope you find this article insightful and informative.
When people are talking about the issue of the educational system in Nigeria, the first things that cross the mind is the failing standard of Nigerian education, including deterioration of facilities, plus examination malpractices, and inadequate teachers as well as, unqualified teachers in Nigerian school system among other challenges.
It is unfortunate that most teachers in Nigerian schools have no requisite skills and qualifications and the big questions is, what is the causes of these challenges, and how can Nigeria come out of this mess? This question can only be answered, when Nigerians understand the object of education. What then is education?
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What Is Education?
Education can be defined as the aggregate of all the processes upon which an individual develops his abilities, and attitude including other forms of behaviour considered to be of positive value to the nation in which the fellow lives.
In other words, education is that process whereby a person disseminate knowledge and skills for the purpose of ensuring social control or guaranteeing rational direction in the society in which one lives.
The Challenges Of Business Education:
There are problems stirring at the Nigerian business education system, and in this article, we are going to dissect these challenges, and possibly make recommendations on how to come out of the problems. First of all, let us look at some of the challenges facing Nigerian business education.
1. Lack Of Responsibility And Control
The challenges of educational development in Nigeria is that of lack of responsibility and lack of control, there is evidence of conflict of interest on the part of education managers in the country at different levels, ranging from the Federal, and State as well as the Local Government.
For instance, let us take a look at the gap that existed between the State government and the Federal government Universities, in terms of school fees, the federal government cannot for whatever reason, regulate, lest alone to interfere in the affair of the state universities. That is why in the State universities, whatever they decide as school fees are what the students pay.
It is also obvious that the control of the educational system is neither in the hand of the federal government, nor the state government lest alone in the hand of local government and this has posed a serious challenge to effective educational development in the country.
2. Political Interference
This is another problem of business education in Nigerian. One of the prevalent challenges in Nigerian schools today is political interference, and politics remained one of the major forces affecting the educational system in Nigeria. Today, a lot of educational institutions that have been opened are run for sheer political motives in many states of the federation.
For instance, admission into Nigerian universities, and colleges, and polytechnics are for the most parts, guided by Nigerian politicians, and not determined by students’ academic performance.
How would you describe a situation, where parents will use their political offices to influence their children’s education in Nigeria?
3. Examination Malpractices
Through findings, examination malpractices on the part of the Nigerian students have been identified as one of the challenges witnessed in the Nigerian educational sector today, occasioned by students’ poor preparation for the examination.
And this is another set back the Nigerian educational system has experienced. Considering the rising costs of education in Nigeria, in terms of school fees, and enrolment fees, and cost of books including other school materials, students, in fact, even their parents will not for whatever reasons, want to be kept behind, regarding their children’s grades, rather they will want to go to extra miles or any length to making sure their children obtain better grades.
Another instance is that, most teachers in Nigerian school system are not even helping matters, they will go as far as possible to encourage examination malpractices in Nigerian schools, by way of asking students to sort for their marks and grades, as well as contributing money to teachers, so that they (the students) can secure teachers’ assistance during examinations.
This is unfortunate! Why? It is because, even the teachers are aware that the students have not prepared for the examination, and they have not encourage them because they knew that they are standing chances of losing their money, should they encourage the students to read and prepare for their examination.
4. Poor Funding
Underfunding of the Nigerian educational sector, and the negligence in maintaining school facilities, as well as, instructional infrastructure has led to schools getting deteriorated. That is why there are deteriorated classrooms blocks, and libraries and laboratories among other facilities.
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The Way Forward:
There are quite a number of ways Nigerian government can restructure the Nigerian school system with a view to develop it in a way that will espoused quality education into the Nigerian students especially those in the business world.
a. Improvement Of Teaching Condition
The challenges in the Nigerian school system can be tackled through the improvement of teaching condition. This should involve massive recruitment of competence and qualified teachers, and provision of infrastructure and teaching aids as well as, teaching inducement allowance for teachers among other things.
b. Adequate Funding Of The School System
There should be adequate funding of the system. This ought to be given due attention, should the Nigerian school system desires to be improved. And I believed that proper funding of the Nigerian educational system will definitely reposition the sector for the better.
c. Encourages Research Works
Nigeria must cherish genuine growth and sustainable development of Nigerian educational system, and as a matter of responsibility, the government has to encourage and also finance research programmes, and creativity and innovation and inventions, including mass production of invented goods, just to discourage students from getting indulge in some form of academic irregularities.
Education is that process whereby a person disseminate knowledge and skills for the purpose of ensuring social control or guaranteeing rational direction in the society in which one lives hence, the Nigerian school system deserves to be given due attention.
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