By Saheed Ibrahim
An educationist, Mrs. Onyekachi Uju Tilda, has called for a collective effort to restore the quality of education in Nigeria and equip students with the skills needed to thrive academically and morally.
She expressed deep concern over the deteriorating educational standards in the country. She emphasized that decisive efforts must be taken to address the alarming rate of half-baked graduates in society.
She lamented, “it is very heart-wrenching to see that we have a lot of graduates that come for tests and examinations. Some of them cannot even write a complete sentence with the right punctuation marks and tenses. This shows the level of degradation in our education.”
Speaking on the role of parents, Onyekachi underscored the profound impact of a child’s home life on their educational journey.
The expert noted that children exposed to daily parental conflicts can experience emotional distress that can hinders their ability to excel in school.
She also emphasized the significance of parental involvement in shaping their children’s academic success, advising that parents should limit their children’s screen time, reduce exposure to phones and TV, and discourage unethical practices such as buying grades, which undermine the integrity of the educational system.
Encouraging discipline in children was suggested as a means to prevent them from engaging in malpractices.
“We have a lot of parents who buy grades for their children and they pay for malpractices. Parents must infuse discipline in kids so that they won’t help fund any malpractice. These are the ways by which parents can also help out in education and raise the standard of education,” she stated.
Addressing the role of schools, the expert stressed the importance of hiring qualified teachers and adopting student-centered education approaches tailored to individual student needs.
The infusion of technology into classrooms, smaller class sizes, and one-on-one interactions were advocated by the educationist to improve learning outcomes.