# Opinion: Nigeria and her useless educational system by Oche M. Sani

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"Nigerian students are busy searching for "x" while students in the developed countries are manufacturing things for the development of their countries."

If 2y(5x-7y) -6y X +6 = 45 find x.

Yesterday I was in the sitting room watching a program called China24 on CCTV NEWS, an electric lamp manufacturer was interviewed together with his workers in his factory. The workers are kids between the ages or 12-18 the most beautiful part of it was that the kids can on their own manufacture some. Now let's come down to Nigeria. Nigerian students are busy searching for "x" while students in the developed countries are manufacturing things for the development of their countries.

In Nigeria, our engineering students spend nearly all their time solving difficult equations and searching for "x". In Nigeria, students will be asked to search for "x" I do smile and ask myself how can we use Algebra and simultaneous equation to boost the economy.

How can we use the located "x" to solve the challenges facing us? In Nigeria, teacher will draw a circle having dots in it on the chalk board and tell the kids "this is an Orange" imagine.

In Nigeria, a teacher will be in the class room using acid to change litmus paper to red on the chalk board. In fact, in Nigeria the best place to mix acid with base is on chalk board.

In Nigeria, a teacher will be in the class teaching rock and it types and expect the students to be able to identify them in real sense how possible? However, the above are some of the reasons why at 50+ as an oil producing country we are still importing tooth-pick and matches. Our brain has been channel to the fact that failure to go to school will end one up as a domestic servant of the educated ones which I seriously disagree with. We can't all be in the class room at the same time and expect us to catch up with the developed countries, it never done; we will keep depending on them with such barbaric idea.

Let those that are willing to go into sport be on the field or track not in class room, Christiano Ronaldo who was formally in Real Madrid FC but currently in Juventus was expelled from school at the age of 14 and today he is a world class footballer.

Those that are willing to create some usefull things in terms of technologies, and I.C.Ts should be fully supported. Bill Gates from U.S.A was a school drop-out but became one of the richest men in the world with what he created called "Software".

Let take those that are good in construction to factories or workshops not class room. Let's take away pen from our engineering students and send them out of class.

Let's take away pen from those that are willing to take hoe, cutlass, hammer, saw, screw driver etc.

Our too much dependent on pen is sending us backward.

To me, spending 5, 6 or more years in tertiary institution is nothing but a total waste of time, 3 years is enough for engineering courses.

12 calender month is enough for food related courses and 3 or 4 years is enough to be a lawyer. Imagine our youth spending 8years of their lives in university and still our Government don't trust on their expertise rather they travel out of the country.

At this juncture, I will like to call on the government at all level to look into this and find a lasting solution to it. Lastly our government should stop sending the talented ones away by sending them aboard for training and failed to establish/provide where they will be discharging what they've learnt or the skills they've acquired upon their arrival.

If we can do this, I believe that few years to come Nigeria will be the greatest country of the world while others will be on the queue at our back.

All Nigerians need to know this, especially the Students. Not all of us are meant to become University professors. So we should think of something we can do very well and establish our God given talents in such aspects.

By Oche M. Sani

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