‘Knowledge is power’, so goes an age-long saying, but knowledge without skills makes a perfect story of powerlessness.
Ignorance has tamed a lot of people and is out to do worse if no palpable change is witnessed especially among the Nigerian youths – the supposed leaders of tomorrow.
To qualify as a leader, one has to have a little knowledge of virtually everything coupled with certain skills that would sustain them on the long run, because you cannot successfully lead a group of complex beings with an empty skull.
Possessing extra skills is also the way forward in the country where people without skills are apparently being swept aside by the tide of civilization.
The quality of education has declined over the years and there is seemingly an unusual decline in the quest to garner knowledge since it has been widely assumed that the education system in Nigeria is not any encouraging.
Above all, new orientations continue to emerge everyday and a lot of people have this mindset that education doesn’t matter anymore especially in our clime.
You won’t necessarily blame proponents of this school of thoughts because experience they say is the best teacher and apparently, it hasn’t been a palatable experience with thousands of young people who go as far as getting the highest certificates in their fields only to be embraced in the cold grip of unemployment.
A huge number of the cases of depression recorded among young people emerge from frustrations birthed by idleness.
No one would be elated to remain idle after spending so many years gathering knowledge enough to change the whole world and doesn’t get the opportunity to do so.
The older generations in Nigeria held education so highly that there is a degree of respect usually attached to anyone that saw the four walls of an institution.
It used to be seen as one of the major keys to success and parents fought tooth and nail to see their children got as much formal education as their money could afford.
Education is highly revered as the key to success because not only does it open doors for people from all walks of life, it also enhances the expansion of one’s horizon.
The vast amount of knowledge gained through education prepares individuals to solve problems, teach others, function at a higher level and implement transformational ideas.
Those days, without education, one’s chances for securing a good job and ascending to a higher economic and social status are often limited but it’s a different story altogether nowadays as the whole concept appears to have lost its value.
The influx of young Nigerians into the entertainment industry gets one wondering if the old saying still holds water in recent times.
It beats one to discover that most of these supposedly entertainers are a bunch of illiterates with no formal education who are just hustling their way up the radar of success.
The supposed music stars end up chanting too much gibberish with sound effects and fortunately, some of them get hits and smile home with enough money at the end of the day.
Of course his friends or even family members will automatically develop interest and immediately dabble into entertainment once they hear the success story in their desperate bid to make some fortune.
The pathetic cycle goes on and yonder, leaving the country with more empty drums that make the loudest noise all in the name of singing.
On the other hand, some youngsters who have the zeal to go any extent to get education are being discouraged because the effort and resources ‘wasted’ in the venture is usually not worth it after all.
These days, it is common to see Masters and PhD degree holders carrying files around the streets in search of jobs which even when they end up securing one, are offered some paltry sum at the end of the month.
It has discouraged a lot of them who just get educated for the sake of it and rather than practice what they’ve been educated for, they end up delving into something that will yield them profit at the end of the day.
Besides, the education system in Nigeria is a rot. Most teachers are hardly qualified to handle the positions but end up getting them not for the passion but because they are desperate to make money and have their banks accounts beep green at the end of the month.
Some people even leave schools worse than they entered and how does one expect such persons to be better off when in the real sense they are headed for failure?
The Nigerian government needs to give extra attention to the education sector and make reforms where necessary in order to resurrect the old ‘key to success’ belief attached to it.
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