6 Most Common Challenges Nigerian Students Faces In School.
“hmmm😔 Nigeria“. The mentioning of that word almost always brings a particular thought and eventually an expression on your face. At times you think with a smile “what a country!”. At times all you can say is “kai! God go help us oh”.
In case you are reading this from another country aside from Nigeria, there is a possibility you won’t understand what I am trying to say.
There are probably several challenges that need serious and consistent attention in Nigeria. The educational sphere is not just one of them, it’s one of the largest areas of such category. Sadly, instead of a gradual change in positively, it only turns out otherwise consequently.
Starting from the leader’s edge, down to the lack of system, the ignorance, non-advancement, non-motivational atmosphere and environment, lack of vision, carelessness and many more which listing them out could take the whole day. These are majorly the mothers of diverse challenges faced by Nigerian students in higher nowadays.
Many Nigerian students are really frustrated in school today as a result of encountering what was totally unexpected alongside their studies and stay in school. Meanwhile, If such is not paid attention to and sorted as immediately as possible, it will discourage our young ones who are coming behind us.
It really hurts me each time I come across this popular tag we make in Nigeria now online or otherwise saying “School is a scam“, and we have all agreed with that rootless fact. Meanwhile, that is coming from our affinity of education not guaranteeing millions in our pocket anymore.
As seemingly truthful as that might seem, we’ve embraced it not because it is true but because our nation has provided us no option than to agree with it. We have watered down the quality of education in our country. But who is to be blamed?
As a result of many things we can’t mention in a day, Nigerian students as facing real hardcore challenges in school, and we will be addressing that in this article.
Kindly pay attention as I walk you through the 6 most common challenges Nigerian students face in school.
6 Most Common Challenges Nigerian Students Faces In School
1. Inconducive Classroom
Take a look at this!
Can you imagine the level of heat these precious students are going through now? Imagine the inconvenience of those seated on the floor or standing on their feet for hours.
Yet, everyone paid if not total but a particular fee or another giving them the right to be in that room of knowledge. Yes! They paid to be taught. But you can wonder; how in the world someone can assimilate the ongoing information being passed across in that uncomfortable posture.
Hope you know this wasn’t caused because the students are too many, but because the school released admission form beyond their capacity and admitted students beyond. Why? MONEY!!
How in the world will anyone feel motivated to come back to such class every day he/she ought to for years knowing it won’t change? It only takes a well-rooted determination. And this is why students that don’t miss lectures in such disheartenment conditions deserve not only a massive applaud but a standing ovation.
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An inconducive lecture room provenly can cause several damages both physically, mentally, and psychologically for the students. lack of attention and distraction is of high possibility here too. This is why some students cannot help but sleep in while the lecture is going on. As you can see, some are busy with their mobile phones.
2. Unprofessional Lecturers
This is also one challenge that students face in Nigerian schools but with not enough audacity to speak out considering the reputation of some lecturers that might be at stake. Most of the employed lecturers we have in the schools are there to serve employment not a profession.
Using unnecessary languages or terminology which is totally contradicting the assignment he/she was meant to come and fulfill in the class. They do this in an attempt to make the class interesting but unknowingly causing distraction and delaying the supply of knowledge the students ought to receive at that moment.
This is not to discredit the attempt of causing the students to feel excited. Of course, it’s often necessary as it gingers some slow learners to catch the explanation through the jokes.
You can imagine a lecturer whose subject isn’t related to current affairs bringing up the trending topic in the circular world that day in class. Not to exaggerate, Some goes to the extent of discussing immoral topics in class. Although, these lecturers are sincere and trying to just create an atmosphere that they believe would be helpful in an unprofessional pattern that is valueless, unnecessary, or even dangerous.
Apart from that example, there are other several irrelevant things unprofessional lecturers do which makes the students out of option that to subscribe to it and face the challenges that it births.
For example, not coming to class while students await often, teaching a topic without a detailed and intensive explanation, not completing a syllabus, using outdated patterns of teaching. and many others. Since there is often no supervision from the government’s edge, many lecturers do this unnoticed while the students suffer the outcome.
3. Strike! Stike! Stike!
A strike is one language that Nigerian students have really been used to in federal schools especially in these recent years. Students stay sitting at home for months hoping tomorrow by God’s Grace the strike should end. But tomorrow never comes.
Surprisingly, maybe when you are about to get a simple job to cure the idleness that is slowly surfacing itself, then the long-awaited tomorrow arrives. A month later after sacrificing the job and resuming school, “Behold! Another strike“. So you return to idleness, boredom, and delay of progress again.
I have witnessed the way the so-called strike deducted a year out of the academic journey of several students. These students paid their school fees and other necessary fees the whole year. But it was disposed to the bin just like that.
Strick causes retrogression, discouragement, to students and this is why many youths are tempted to find other alternatives but illegal quick means of getting themselves busy since the Nigerian education is not promising after all.
4. Lecturers Threat
This part won’t annoy you if you watch it on TV like experiencing it. Lecturer threatening students to fulfill an inconvenient decision just to gratify their own desire. Especially for ladies. They threaten to fail ladies if they refuse to make out with them.
Which sensible and value-oriented lady would want to sell herself out cheaply? On the other hand, which ready-determined for a great future want to fail and stay stagnant in one level without progressing because of the threatening of a lecturer? None either.
That’s how some senseless Nigerian lecturers put our precious ladies in a hot seat of temptation that only God can supply the wisdom of passing through.
Generally, situations occur whereby a corrupted-minded lecturer can freely work up to an innocent student demanding something to secure his success either in an examination or otherwise.
Lecturers threatening students is something that is obviously not new in Nigerian institutions. This has frustrated several initially good and purpose-driven students to join school occultism for revenge when the threat of a particular lecturer is highly demanding and too hard to provide.
5. Occultic Riot
Turn on your radio set or TV, listen to breaking news, hardly will a week go without mentioning a heart-breaking event in any Nigerian university, polytechnic or other institutes of a dramatic scene created by cultists with eventual damages. This part is not pointing fault to any of our leaders or government or even lecturers. Students by themselves created this.
It’s unbelievable at times when some aspirants are actually aspiring for a school because of how intense occult in that particular institute are being respected as they have heard.
Occultic riot is often a real headache that needs to be attended to. It causes fear in students’ minds at times. The fear of not stepping on any of these guys’ toes. Because cultist goes any length – even to terminating someone’s life – to get what they desire.
6. Financial Lack
Isn’t it true that “when the pot is hot, whatever meal inside has no option than to be hot as well”? In Nigeria generally, those who engage themselves in one job or more even complains to be unstable financially speaking. What then are we to say of students who have no source of income at all.
This probably makes it advisable for every aspirant to secure a means or more means of income before processing admission especially when you aren’t depending on being fully sponsored by anyone.
Financial lack which leads to a hunger for most students is often the route to the temptation of stealing a friend’s belongings or joining an illegal alternative to make income. Sadly, that has become a normal thing to us. Meanwhile, the future of many is fading away slowly every day.
This is Nigeria!
This article wasn’t posted purposely to insult or discredit the value of Nigerian schools. But to create the awareness of it in us and our leaders and propel us to see the urgency in making amendments in these areas.
Obviously, Nigeria is full of bright minds, gifted, talented, and intelligent young minds. But have been undermined by the environment, mentality, and all of these listed challenges.
Government, Leaders, Lecturers, students, and even parents or guardians all have a role to play in restoring the beauty of education in our country. So let’s rise to our feet and play our role perfectly where it is featured in the script with prayer and love among us.