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 revered as the key to success because it opens doors for people of all backgrounds, and expands the human mind with knowledge.
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 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 continues on and on, 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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