“Let us be clear – we are failing too many of our children. We’re sending them out into a 21st century economy by sending them through the doors of 20th century schools. “In many states, students are taught the anatomy of a flower as many as six times over the course of their education. Yet, they are never taught what they need to become a productive citizen in a global economy.” Obama (2005).
These are not the best of times for the Nigerian educational system. Suffering from lack of adequate funding, proliferation of substandard schools and inadequate manpower, the system is a shadow of its original self. Concerns have been raised at different times on various forums regarding its deplorable state. The number of graduates leaving the schools is increasing, while the number of those prepared for the work environment is dwindling. This essay looks at some of the notorious issues in the sector, presents evidence of its failure and suggests practical remedies.