Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Teachers' Strike nearing resolution
Public school teachers have been on strike in Nigeria for over 5 weeks now. It has resulted in the shut down of schools and drastically altered the school year as students writing their final secondary school exams have had to stop mid-way. Most times the government has been insensitive to the plight of teachers which has resulted in the dwindling fortunes of the educational system in Nigeria. This report by The Punch gives hopes that the impasse will soon be resolved.
Many of the youngsters that are supposed to be in school have been turned out onto the streets and it's a usual thing to see them doing menial chores as well as hawking wares.
Only last week, a global rating of world universities showed that only two universities in Nigeria were ranked among the top 100 in Africa; the first one Obafemi Awolowo University Ile Ife, where I studied, was placed at number 68 while the University of Ibadan was ranked at number 85. It showed the level to which our system has fallen since the last two decades.