Here in this post, we are going to discuss current issues In business education In Nigeria. We hope you find this article rich in information and educating.
Business education has been considered one of the occupational areas, which has been made possible by vocational education as well as, technical education.
Business education offers quite a number of skills, especially in accounting, and in marketing as well as, in office technology and management, with major topics such as office practice, and bookkeeping, and business mathematics, and business communication, and secretarial duties, and word processing, and advertising among others.
No doubt, over the years, business education has succeeded in equipping students with all the requisite skills to help them in creating jobs and entrepreneurship.
It has exposed students to the knowledge that has to do with businesses, as well as a good blend of information and communication technology.
Students have also been equipped with the requisite attributes such as knowledge, and skills, and competencies, as well as, attitudes through business education, in order to help them become fully employed in the world of business.
Hence, there has been provision for a sound basis for further studies beyond the present level, perhaps at the graduate level and the postgraduate level.
Issues In Business Education:
There are quite a number of issues and challenges stirring at the business education in Nigeria, and in this article, I will try to discuss some of these issues. As you read down, you will on your own discover those challenging issues within the business education in Nigeria.
That out of the way, some contemporary educationists have considered business education as a key contributor to human resource development, and entrepreneurial development as well as, national development.
However, in spite of the laudable roles played by the business education in Nigeria, there are some indications that point to the fact that Nigeria is handling this sensitive aspect of education with levity.
Unfortunately, this problem has actually led to the deprivation of business education from the following:
-Adequate funding, and
-Qualified manpower, and
-Modern facilities, and
-Quality curriculum, as well as,
Although there have been series of research on what would have been the challenges within the business education and perhaps, the possible way of overcoming them, it still remained unclear on the possibilities of tackling the business education issues and challenges in order to promote national development in the country.
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Having said that, there is evidence of adequate optimization of funds geared towards helping in the effective delivery of business education in this country.
The reason is quite obvious, this is because vocational education, for instance, is considered a viable programme, aimed towards helping in the promotion of sustainable economic growth and national development.
Hence, the belief is that for a country like Nigeria to help in the promotion of sustainable economic growth an national development, great attention must be given to business education in the country, by way of investing an adequate amount of funds on business education in Nigeria.
On the contrary, insufficient provision of funds is identified as one of the major challenges witnessed in business education in Nigeria, in fact, when it comes to vocational education and technical education, this problem is very obvious given its capital intensiveness, because business education is considered to be a key component of this aspect of education.
That is why every material used within the business education instructional arena must be subjected to sufficient optimization of funds.
Meanwhile, while there are contending demands for funds by different sectors of the economy in the country, business education has made stumbling block in meeting the following demands:
-Employing quality and competent manpower and
-Developing a curriculum or renewing curriculum, and
-Offering a wide range of modern infrastructure and facilities, like:
*State-of-the-art lecture halls, and
*Entrepreneurial research centres, and
*Information technology services.
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Going by all these issues and challenges in business education, it is a clear pointer to the fact that, when it comes to the business education in Nigeria, it is simply delivered on a theoretical basis, hence, as a result, it has failed in the area of equipping students with such requisite attributes, in terms of knowledge, and skills, and attitudes among others thus, depriving the students of securing employment or furthering their education.
From the above explanation, one can see that the situation is unpleasant because the practical courses that should have helped in exposing students to a real-practical training so as to ensure striking of a balance with the theory learnt has made it inconsequential.
Looking at some of the challenges facing the effective delivery of business education, one can simply identify an inadequate supply of qualified manpower as one of the challenges.
Without mincing words, there is a shortage of competent manpower in business education at all levels of education in Nigeria, and the situation is prevalent at the higher institute of learning. Why would not this happen?
When there is no sufficient financial resources to recruit qualified manpower into the business education programme in Nigeria. In fact, from every angle, one can see that the state of vocational education and technical education in Nigeria is gradually becoming embarrassing.
The inadequacy of personnel and the lackadaisical attitude towards the teaching of business education has indeed made the programme embarrassing.
More so, because of unfavourable condition of service, teachers are not committed to teaching these vocational and technical courses.
In a situation, where the business education programme has inadequate teaching personnel, the actualization of the wide objectives of business education in Nigeria can be hampered.
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Finally, the last area I will love to discuss in this article is the area of insufficient infrastructure. The issue of insufficient infrastructure is also stirring at business education in Nigeria. As we speak, almost all the colleges teaching business education, are lacking in terms of:
-Entrepreneurship research centres, among others.
However, in spite of the laudable roles played by business education in Nigeria, there are some indications that point to the fact that Nigeria is handling this sensitive aspect of education with levity.