Nigeria to Undergo Massive Improvements in their Educational Standards over TimePosted: April 4, 2013
A traditional belief that the entire world has been accepting for years is that African nations lag behind others in establishing pleasant educational standards for students and career aspirants. Well, it’s news that the World Bank has decided to spend US $450 million behind a couple of projects in Nigeria which will result in the enhancement of employment opportunities for young students. Secondly, the reason behind such a huge investment is bringing improvement in the quality of education for school children of the West African nations.
Job prospects & educational standards to rise in Nigeria
According to Professor Misbau Akanji, the Vice Chancellor of the Federal University of Technology, the quality of education is on the rise in Nigeria. He said quite enthusiastically that expectations among students for higher education here are increasing since a good number of people have shown interests towards pursuing tertiary education. Moreover, the initiative of the World Bank has raised his spirits high and has rather made him confident that the unemployed can now dream of grabbing numerous job opportunities.
Unstable electricity issues to resolve soon in Nigeria
Owing to the advent of the internet, several school, colleges and universities have drastically changed their perceptions. Earlier, securing a ‘P’ in English was considered mandatory to enter into several career fields. Today, it’s the age of e-learning that has broken all conventions and compulsions, and has instead showed the African nations to prosper in diverse ways. In this respect, Mr. Akanji however said that the factor that tortured a lot of African nations in terms of education was unstable electricity. For this, several universities failed to set fixed hours for lectures that compelled students to miss a good number of classes.
Today, the majority of e-learning schools in Nigeria have therefore started using tape recorders for recording lectures so that students can access them easily from any corner and at anytime they wish. The teachers and professors have expressed supreme confidence towards the fact that the issue related to the availability of power will soon resolve which will result in the realisation of the potentials of online education.
YESSO brings a prominent ray of hope for Nigerian education
When asked about the deterioration of technical colleges in Nigeria, Professor Akanji confessed that this was one of the factors that needed to be checked in time. There are many students residing in Nigeria who desire to join technical colleges in expectation of building thriving careers. Now, if they are compelled to join polytechnics or local institutes, the nation will never be able to gift bright futures to their students.
So, all are eyeing upon the three hundred million dollar project, named YESSO (Nigeria Youth Employment and Social Support Operation). The project will be focusing on the poor youth as well as 10% of the poorest households of the participating states. Those aged from 18 to 35 will be not only given work opportunities and training skills but the weaker sections will also be able to access social services.
Online learning achieving success in Nigeria
Moreover, the government through this project will aim to strengthen the social safety net system of Nigeria thereby making the country strong enough to set educational standards for students as well as working professionals. In fact, many technologically advanced online course provider have already started offering online courses in Nigeria by letting students make use of several mobile devices like kindles, tablets, smartphones and iPads. One such course provider can be found here. This has rather led to a pretty good success rate in comparison to what had been in the early years.
Nigeria certainly has covered miles in becoming technologically richer, and with the progress of time, it is highly predicted to catch up with the educational standards set by the developed countries. The Ministry of Education however will be highly expected to take such matters into consideration.