It does not take a genius to know that if you have poorly trained teachers, you are likely to have poor and incompetent teachers. If you have poorly built, poorly staffed and poorly equipped schools, you are likely to have a poor learning and poor teaching environment. If you don’t pay your teachers competitive salary, they are likely to leave for other regions or more lucrative endeavors. If you don’t invest in your educational system, the state and the people will suffer. There are no two ways about it: invest and reap the benefit of education; or ignore education and forever be a hired-hand in an increasingly interconnected and interrelated world.
Today, scholars are suggesting that any responsible government must invest in human capital, which will, in due course, result in people taking control of their destiny –enabling them to confront and overcome tyrannical and energy-sapping power structures. The world over, oppressors are uncomfortable with the educated mind. With this in mind, why hasn’t it occurred to successive
Education is a vital ingredient in the life of any nation. The primary purpose of education is to develop the mind, allowing one to conquer, shape, and put to use ones environment — be it the physical, the supernatural or the mental. There are multitudes of causes, but mainly, it was education that allowed societies to move from foraging to agrarian and from industrialization to post-industrialization. Education allows one to function ably and at ones best in a modern and an increasingly interconnected world. Without education, the mind is foggy, rough, confused and easily manipulated and controlled.
To be clear, education is not just about the ability to read and write, memorize and take examinations and be awarded certificates and degrees. Oh no, it is much more than that. At this point in our state’s economic, social and political development however, one would gladly welcome the simple purpose of education: to become literate, have the ability to read and write, secure a job and function in a simple environment. In the words of Kusterer, Rock and Weaver, “to be illiterate in a literate world is to be severely disadvantaged. One’s employment opportunities are seriously restricted…Becoming literate is a powerfully liberating experience.”
How could our young men and women compete in today’s
Least we forget: schools are more than miserable four walls and a tin roof. They must be built to meet modern standards in terms of structures, amenities, staffing and reward for teachers and other staff. In other words, it is not enough to erect a stone-age building with blackboards and call it a school. To receive proper education, policies have to be in place; there must be an assurance and willingness on the part of the government, the parents and the community to make it work. Additionally, there must be an enabling culture of learning and teaching for any form of education to have positive effect on the students, their parents and the larger community.
What we have in Bayelsa State today — in terms of primary and secondary school — belong in the ice age. And the
It is not inconceivable that every Ijaw man and woman in
There should be stiff penalties against those responsible for impregnating any girl under the age of 19, or any girls who has not completed her secondary school education. The penalty should be stiffer if the culprit is more than 5 years older than the girl. Culture is a big part of our life; nevertheless, any and all part of our culture that is stifling or is anti-progress should be redefined and refined to fit the modern times. For instance, why is it permissible for a man, at 30, 40, or 50, to cut short the promising life of a 12, 14 or 16 year old girl? Why must we, as a society, allow any man — rich, powerful or influential — to use his position to oppress or impregnate our teenage girls? While they mess up the life of such girls, they send their own sons and daughters to colleges and universities in readiness for a better life while the victim is consigned to a life of penury and baby-production. Why is this type of behavior acceptable? Where is the justice?
In the end, even if the government of Chief Timpre Sylva does nothing else, he should spotlight quality education, the place of women, transparent government, and the provision of human security. He need not be all over the place with scatter-scatter policies shrouded in sleazy cloud. He will do better in the name of man and in the name of God if he is honest about his intentions, and then go forth with clean hands and a clean heart. No one demands perfection from him. No; he will make forgivable mistakes every now and then. It is the return to the path taken by previous governments that will bring the hammer down on the nail.