UK-trained educationist advocates urgent overhaul of Nigeria’s education system

Sun, Jun 23, 2024
By editor


A UK-trained  Educationist, Mrs Yetunde Kamson, has called for an urgent transformative overhaul of Nigeria’s education system.

Kamson told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Benin that the nation’s education sector required renewed vigour and significant improvement.

According to her, Nigeria will need to draw inspiration from the successful education reforms in countries such as Finland and South Korea.

She said that there were innovative approaches to teaching, teacher training and resource distribution that Nigeria should imbibe to achieve success in the education sector.

The education consultant further said that issues of inadequate infrastructure, limited access to quality education in rural areas and teacher training required urgent attention.

“Inadequate funding, overcrowded classrooms, insufficient resources, and disparity in educational quality between urban and rural areas are hindrances to education development in the country.

“High number of out-of-school children, teacher recruitment and retention difficulties are critical issues in Nigeria’s education system,” she said.

Kamson called for adequate investment in the education sector to address the observed gaps, and to set the system on a path for urgent recovery.

“For technology to be truly transformative, there should be substantial investment in infrastructure, educator training, and digital tool incorporation within the curriculum.

“These initiatives are not just a local concern, but also align with the global commitment to education as outlined in the Sustainable Development Goals.

“Particularly the goal that aims to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and lifelong learning opportunities for all by 2030,” she said.

She called for improved rural educational infrastructure and equitable resource distribution to ensure community engagement and to bridge the educational opportunity gap.

“Government at all levels should focus on funding, policy development, regulation, and maintenance of quality standards.

“The private sector should contribute through partnerships, investments in educational technology, and support for skills development initiatives.

“Civil society organisations can advocate for reforms, provide community-based solutions, and promote transparency and accountability,” she said.

Kamson made case for infusion of vocational and technical education in Nigeria’s educational landscape.

“This form of education provides practical skills, prepares students for the labour market, and encourages entrepreneurship and innovation.

“To enhance its prominence, vocational education should be integrated into the mainstream curriculum to expand opportunities and strengthen industry partnerships,” he said.(NAN) 


June 23, 2024 @ 17:00 GMT|