Editorial

Need to revamp our education infrastructure

Champions of development have continued to stress that education is the bedrock of development. Some describe it as a catalysing agent for growth and human development. Education basically is defined as the acquisition of some skills, knowledge, values, aptitudes, trainings, etc by an individual which will enable him function effectively and efficiently in his environment.

Today, there are strong lamentations that the black world is so underdeveloped because their education system is in a decrepit state. Even among individuals it has been established that the difference between one person and another is determined by the amount of information they possess and this is a function of education. 

Education has been adjudged widely as very important to the extent that the United Nations in its wisdom enjoined nations to provide at least 26% of their annual budget to education. Sadly, in our own environment this grossly observed in breach and it is worst in the various constituent states.

The burden of education for the state and individuals is huge and this is the reason perhaps the federal government stepped in to support by financing primary education in the states and even up to the junior secondary class.

There was a time private schools at all levels were never in existence in this country and the so called public schools functioned effectively to produce all the egg heads we boast of today in their various fields of endeavour. We cannot say the same of public schools today. 

Sadly, those products of public schools who found themselves in privileged positions ran down the public schools through misappropriations and wrong policies and shipped their children to foreign lands to acquire the Golden Fleece. There are hardly any of our leaders that do not have his ward studying outside Nigeria.

We note with utmost dismay and disappointment the state of our educational infrastructure which is in a terribly situation and has continued to lower the quality of our educational offering especially in public schools. This has in spite of the free education policy continued to provide a boost to private education which is not affordable by the mass of the public. 

The establishments are under-staffed. The Imo State government has not employed anybody since the administration of Gov. Rochas Okorocha yet people are retiring or exiting the system through natural causes or resignation. There are some schools which may require about 13 teachers to run but has only 6. The shortfall is needed to sustain and improve productivity.

Aside the schools in the capital city, it is an eye sore to behold what passes for classrooms in the rural environment. How can good learning take place in a school environment that is devoid of the necessary structures? Most of the schools in the rural areas lack laboratory and other facilities. Where they exist they are mere blocks. How they get on with practical sciences remains anyone’s guess. 

The consequences are that the schools have become scanty arising from the mass exodus of pupils who are seeking for better learning environments. Does it surprise you that even with the so called free education private schools are still attracting a lot of patronage because parents are prepared to pay anything to get what they want? There is no arguing it that the quality of education is a function of the supporting facilities. Edge Express therefore calls on the government to put its right foot in revamping education infrastructure in the state. Education is the biggest industry in Imo and the state has lost its rightful place as a leader to Anambra and Abia in competitive exams. The only way to demonstrate commitment to education is only by strengthening the entire supporting infrastructure.

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