HONORIFICS WITHOUT VALUES
What are your thoughts on the state of our educational system here in Nigeria? For me, it is all in shambles! Our graduates are just given honorifics without the needed educational values.
More than the bagging of certificates should be the need to successfully learn the values that make a man and a powerful nation at large. A lot of people go around achieving amazing academic feats yet hold no regard for basic human values. No wonder examination malpractice has eaten deep into the fabrics of the nation.
As Martin Luther King Jr once said, the function of education is to teach one to think extensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character -that is the goal of true education. Chesterson also said, ‘Education is simply the soul of a society as it passes from one generation to another’. What kind of society are we then building with the poor educational values we hold. Education without values is a complete waste. Value is the worth education offers to its learners. Education alone cannot create great personalities, it has to be value-oriented.
Educated were Osama Bin Laden, Gaddafi, and Abu Bakr Bagadi. But of what use is that education which is loathsome to humanity. It’s no wonder C.S Lewis said, ‘Education without values, as useful as it seems rather to make a man a more clever devil’.
Over the years, human beings have grown so self-centred, leading to an increase in racists attacks, terrorism, fraudulent government officials. All these can be traced to the lack of functional and value-oriented education.
On the other side of the coin, we have people like Nelson Mandela, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, John Obidi, and the likes who have shown value with education.
Education is meant to give values that prepare its graduates to be functional, leading to economic growth, a healthy society, employment chances and solve problems. True and honest men and women are the products of value-based education. Value has to be taught at home and school. Graduates of value-based education are not expected to steal what is meant for the general good of society and entrusted under their care. Patriotism, loyalty, politeness, courage, trustworthiness, dependability among many others are values expected of graduates who have gone through value-based education.
There’s a need for value- reorientation in our schools. The government should ensure that a common set of educational experience is shared in a socially cohesive manner. Equity should be practised in all schools. Every child should have free access to quality value-based education that is based on fairness and not a privilege. Parents should also make an active effort in ensuring their wards inculcate basic human values.
Both the public and the private sectors are stakeholders in building a value-based education. Let’s encourage basic human values in our everyday life. Let us engage in voluntary activities, helping to train the young ones to be responsible and respectable personalities. We can also do this with simple volunteering.
Education has the power to change the world. Let us join forces to provide the younger generation functional and value-oriented education for a better Nigeria. God bless Nigeria, God bless Africa.