Education is pivotal to the development of any nation. Education in Nigeria is shared among the three tiers of government. The federal government is the head overseer of the affairs of tertiary institutions while the federal ministry of education plays a vital role in supervision, formulation of policy, and proper administration.
The tertiary education consists of the university sector, polytechnic, mono technic, and colleges of education.
It is an aberration seeing the state of tertiary education declining day after day, month after month, and year after year, due to the uncaring attitude of the Federal government and the federal ministry of education.
There has been an alarmingly high level of exam malpractice in our tertiary institutions, the inability of the appropriate government organisations to investigate the cause has crumbled the quality of our tertiary institutions.
One of the factors that have destroyed most sectors in Nigeria is poor governance and management. This has also crippled the standard of our tertiary institutions since there are no checks and balances.
The government’s attitude towards the pressing needs and issues of tertiary education is lackadaisical, which is a result of deviating from the stated 26% of the national budget that should be allocated to the educational sector by United Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
Looking at the conditions of most tertiary institutions, the National University Commission (NUC) has not been on track on the issue of infrastructure and the adequate facilities needed to run a standard university setting. Dilapidated buildings and insufficient training facilities, as well as a lack of practical courses, have made the university sector more theoretical.
In conclusion, the quality of education in any country is one of the major key factors in national development. While the quality and standard of our tertiary institutions are declining, the federal government and all other agencies involved should be on track to resuscitate it.
Written by Okediran Adeyemi
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