Nigeria is part of the developing countries, their push towards a greater development is needed especially in the educational system.
Must students who see their self in the tertiary institutions are most times carried away with the things they see in the university or some times complain of one thing or the other, it could be lack of study facilities (school library, desk, good hostel and light etc) or even lack of qualified teachers.
So today we’re going to look into some of the known errors in our Universities today. This is for you if you’re already in the university or planning to get into it anytime soon.
The bad sides in the Nigerian Universities
1. Everyone dresses like a celebrity
Most people are lost in the thinking that they have to spend money buying expensive clothes before they can be seen as a university student.
It is good to look nice but could be difficult to look nicer than we can afford. Students are meant to study hard, write and pass exams with flying colours and not to spend their energy on fashion less in a case where they’s study a course that pictures such.
2. Compulsory handouts
In some varsities, candidates are forced to purchase what is often referred to as handout. This is a book written by a lecturer considered a helpful resource in guiding students to better understand a course.
The said handout often has a validatory period of 4 months maximum and the next four months, students could also be asked to make a compulsory payment for handout and it continues till they graduate from the university.
This is so critical as there’s usually a mark attached to every handout purchased and to place students on the tight side of it all, a serial number is often given which will make appearances on every work and assignment they are given, for it to be considered valid for marking and recording.
No handout, no in-course.
This word is familiar to you, and used to mean arrangement to you, right?
Probably, it wears a different meaning in the university environment, if you’re in school already, you will understand with ease what the word SORTING is.
However, let’s do not assume you know what it means to sort in the university. This involves the act of lobbying a lecturer or a lecturer requesting for a bribe, to assist students with poor scores to upgrade their marks or a lecturer refusing to award students their merit scores until they agree to dance to his tune (bribe)..
4. Paying in kind
How kind are you? lol!
We have seen and also heard over the news, several cases involving school lecturers wanting to get female students laid in order to award them marks.
The sex for mark scandals, this is a serious thing we suggest both the government, the society and the school environment should look carefully into and bring an end to it.
This is simply one of the ways the bottom power (sex) has eaten deep into the academic system in some universities in the country.
5. Money extortion programs
It is true that filling the school scheme with several activities, will make the students engaged and more productive, but unfortunately, most of the activies scheduled for every semester in different schools are adapted for extorting money from the students.
That’s why you have to generate several invoices just because you only needed to graduate from a school.
The bit by bit money often paid by the students, if summed up, can actually amount to the amount they pay as school fees, in some cases it could even be higher.
It is high time we begin to unlearn the bad past and grow up from the saying “That’s how others are doing it” if it is not good, it can never be, even if a majority are doing it.
If these little known wrong are tackled in the varsities we have in Nigeria, we will have a better university everyone would like to attend, but from within and outside the country.