SECONDARY SCHOOL: The End For Many Youths!!!

Over the past few years, the high rate of illiteracy has been a
cardinal problem that flits through ‘Developing countries’, Nigeria
inclusive and this is solely because of the standard of living of such
a country.
It is very sad and pathetic to note that many of the youths that are
supposed to be leaders of tomorrow make the secondary school their
peak of learning; they stop schooling and thereby venture   into
different trades and this is partly due to poverty and partly
frustration.Dr. Uyi Uwadiae, head of the Nigerian National Office, WAEC, said that
1,540,250 candidates sat for the May/June 2011 examination and 40.55%
obtained credit and above in six subjects while 80.15% obtained credit
and above in two subjects in other words, approximately 1.2 million
Nigerians (Youths) failed.

This result is really an alarming, disheartening and disappointing
turnout for a populated and highly enriched country like Nigeria.

Many have tagged securing admission in any top-notch tertiary
institution to be “as tough as securing a place in heaven”.
Using “UNILAG” as a benchmark shows that over 200,000 students applied
for the just concluded 2011/2012 Post-Utme exercise and only 6,000
students would be chosen, the burning question now is that: “what
would be the fate of the 97% that won’t be admitted”.

Economists have proven that Nigeria currently operates a mixed
economy, theoretically, but practically capitalism has thrived to the
detriment of socialism.

The gap between the rich and the poor, a major
sinister of capitalism can be traced down to the education sector
whereby there is a clear-cut segregation between public and private
institutions financially and academically.

This act financially and
psychologically causes hopelessness to individuals who are brilliant
but financially down and those who also hawk just to send themselves
to school.

According to Wikipedia, Nigeria has about 97 universities currently in
operation and this is a confirmation of Pres. Goodluck Jonathan’s
afore promise toward the creation of more universities but most of
these newly created tertiary institutions are privately owned and are
in turn very expensive for an average individual to afford.

Thus, it is glaring that the creation of universities is not the only
panacea for the “secondary school end” situation but the adequate
provision of better educational packages at the primary and secondary
school levels  (for aside physical zeal they also need mental zeal)
which will spun students to break through the storm of admission and
university barricades.

P.S: This Is Just A Solution Out Of Many…..Feel Free To Share Your
View And Opinion Towards This Post!

Written By: Emmanuel
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  1. Emmmm Ability you have no idea what you are talking about saying ‘government even read more than the private school’ . Coming from a fortunate home and growing up in a private school in Nigeria. I must say I worked my butt off to be able to make it to a top notch university in the United States at the age of 15. but yes the inequality in Nigeria is insane. and even worse is the inequality in America where the top 1% wealthiest citizens possess more than 45% of the countries wealth and meat. What is killing us is greed. And the government would need to do something more than opening up a couple more universities. C’mon have you not heard of diminishing marginal returns? The way i’m looking at it the gap would take years and years and years to be reduced, talk less of eliminated. Education is good but Knowledge, wisdom and love is the motivation.

  2. The problem of waec is that they value private schools than government in terms of exams, towards credibility and the government even read more than the private schools. I don’t know what is happening?

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