Nobel laureate Professor Wole Soyinka on Sunday, October 13, said Nigeria's education system is in serious trouble.
Professor Soyinka stated this at the University of Lagos (UNILAG), after a programme held as part of activities to mark the 90th anniversary of the Government College, Ibadan, The Cable reports.
Legit.ng notes that the renowned writer said: “We are in serious trouble, education-wise in this country. Let me not kid you; it’s horrifying.
“That was why I was happy about the initiative of creating a model school and trying to resurrect this Government College and present it as the ideal. We are really very low, education-wise.
“I have learnt how much they (old students association) have done in the last few days and I am very proud of their work. I just hope the government leaves them alone; don’t interfere with them. Let them bring back to everybody’s mind the possibility of what education can be.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that President Muhammadu Buhari said it is the responsibility of the government to provide free, compulsory and universal basic education for every child of primary and junior secondary school age in the country.
The president also said that any government that fails to provide the schools, teachers and teaching materials necessary for basic education is aiding and abetting crimes.
President Buhari who made this known in a thread if tweets posted on the presidency' official Twitter handle on Wednesday, October 9, added that it is a crime for parents to keep their children out of school.
He said: “Ensuring proper education during the first 9 years of schooling means that our children start off their lives with some discipline & education. They will be safeguarded from roaming the streets, and protected from all the evil influences that assail idle hands & idle minds."
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