The phrase ‘education is a scam‘ is not far-off from the mouths of Nigerian youths these days. Youths ignorantly use the names of Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg and other wealthy American dropouts as an excuse to relegate the relevance of education.
Let’s be clear about this, Bill Gates might be a dropout but he is not an illiterate. Wikipedia records that he scored a total of 1590 out of 1600 in his Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT). He got admitted into Harvard which is a really big feat. Bill Gates is a genius and he is not Nigerian. A Nigerian youth comparing his or herself to Bill Gates or Mark Zuckerberg is just laughable.
Youths have taken education for granted, they no longer value the essence of what brought Africa and Nigeria specifically to the point it is today. Education equips people especially Africans with the skills to make better decisions, knowing the right from the wrong. One of the reasons why our political sector is saddled with corruption is because of the lack of quality education. Education is immensely relevant in many countries of the world, Nigeria inclusive.
Interviewing a student of Obafemi Awolowo University on his opinion about the reality of the relevance of education in Nigeria, He stated outrightly that ‘Education is a scam in Nigeria‘. Giving the reason for his answer, he continued by saying ‘Education is no longer working in Nigeria ‘. Yinka, A fellow student quipped by narrating the situation of a university graduate who studied Engineering and ended up as a taxi driver for years before he landed a job.
Are youths really to be blamed for this fallacy? The adverse situation of the country’s economy is not encouraging, educated people who graduate at the top of their classes do not make headways in the workforce. This should however not be an excuse for a lackadaisical attitude towards academics. Youths should not forget that Education got Nigeria to where it is today.
Many Nigerians are making landmarks today, this might not have been possible without education. It is true that Education does not guarantee success but this not make it any less important. Education gives you an edge anywhere in the world. The likes of Chimamanda N. Adichie, Wole Soyinka, and Philip Emeagwali are educated Nigerians who have made names for themselves in the world.
Nelson Mandela’s sagacious words should forever echo in our minds, “A good head and good heart are always a formidable combination. But when you add to that a literate tongue or pen, then you have something very special.”
About The Writer:
Akinola Marian, a 300 level Law student of Obafemi Awolowo University. She is an enthusiastic writer and reader of different genres. She enjoys staying indoors, watching movies, baking, and researching during her leisure.
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