For those folks who love throwing stones at people due to hidden tribal, religious, family or pure blind sentiments, I write this post without any bias. If you have a first-class graduate or a professor in your family or you are one, don’t take this personal, even if I know that your sentiments are irrelevant and remove nothing from or add nothing to the basic truth!
From independence to our present day, Nigeria as a country has been churning out first-class graduates from different universities that are scattered across the country like the creeks of Calabar. Often times, we are greeted with news headlines on newspapers, television, radio and online media such as ’45 Bagg First-Class From Migwor University’ or ’38 Graduate With First-Class From the University of Vrendo‘. Now, I ask, where are these first-class graduates? What have they been able to contribute to and achieve in science, art, technology and other facets of life? Is it that their ‘intelligence’ was only expressible on thick papers called certificates?
How come we still can’t manufacture wrist-watches even with all our first-class graduates and professors in Engineering?
How come we have the raw materials to construct roads, yet we need some Arab fellows with a pass in National Diplomas to supervise road construction projects in Nigeria?!!! Where are our first-class graduates in Civil Engineering?
Where are all the project works that were defended in school before graduation? Probably resting on those old dusty cockroaches and rat-infested shelves as usual.
Our agricultural productivity is very low in many areas, yet we have been churning our first-class graduates and professors from various faculties of Agriculture in different tertiary institutions (universities and polytechnics).
Most private universities in Nigeria award first-class degrees as if they were oranges, kuli-kuli, biscuits or bubble gums. Each time these universities dish out their usual rounds of first-class degrees, it reminds me of how our aunties and uncles used to hand us many sweets, biscuits, and gums during their children’s birthday parties in the early 80’s. To be sincere, I’ve met some first-class graduates from these schools who didn’t even know the main difference between a university and a polytechnic. They couldn’t impress me!Most of the indigenous products we use in this country are the handwork and brainchild of folks who obtained technical knowledge from technical institutions and other sources within and outside Nigeria.
Most of the indigenous products we use in this country are the handwork and brainchild of folks who obtained technical knowledge from technical institutions and other sources within and outside Nigeria. Those that studied abroad and bagged first-class degrees and the professors who
Those that studied abroad and bagged first-class degrees and the professors who were tutored abroad usually come back home with no significant contribution to science, art, technology and other areas, irrespective of the fact that most of them studied under scholarships or grants.
Until the educational system in Nigeria is over-hauled, we are going to witness more and more half-baked and quarter-baked first-class holders and professors who are products of a system that promotes mediocrity at the expense of value and quality.
The government of Poland spends about 3% of its annual budget on RESEARCH, just research alone (NOT EDUCATION). Don’t we have so-called professors in government? What is their significance?