Nigeria education

On bane of Nigeria’s educational system – square pegs are put in round holes.

Unijos v. Ikegwuoha [2013] 9 NWLR (Pt. 1360) 478 at 507, paras. F-G, per Ngwuta, JSC:

“Did the members of the “Full Panel” that interviewed the Respondent [the Lecturer] on behalf of the University of Jos conduct the interview in their sleep? How could they have inflicted on the University lecturer who had no writing and/or communication skill in the English Language to teach Political Science? This is the bane of the educational system in the country – square pegs are put in round holes. And the Appellant [Unijos], having woken up to her errors, thanks to some 300-level students, failed to comply with section 22 (vii) of her Regulations thereby compounding the problem for the University with the Respondent. Perhaps the Appellant will resolve that in due course. However, the sooner the issue is resolved the better for the University and her students, particularly those in the Social Sciences.”

Blogger’s Note:

Indeed, employment of incompetent lecturers have become the trend in most of our Nigerian universities, mostly, federal universities. Persons who have no passion for research, writing and imparting knowledge are employed on some baseless grounds like ethnicity and family connections. The consequences are high and we are all witnesses to same.
Apart from the above, the government is generally paying lip service to the issue of improving the educational system generally and the welfare of teachers and lecturers. For these reasons, strike actions have remained a persisting occurrence, yielding no results.

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