Educational standards in Nigeria took dangerous dimensions in recent times ranging from ceaseless examination malpractices, violence in academic institutions, cultism and rape (from primary to tertiary), industrial actions, proliferation of ‘unfriendly’ government policies, lack of human resources to infrastructural decay.
Before this decline, educational policies have been faulty in the populous West-African country in the 70s and 80s. The military rule contributed to the decay in human and infrastructural structures that are supposed to adorn our educational institutions; from the primary to tertiary.
I attended primary education in the late 80s and early 90s, at that time, learning was still easy because of the mildly thriving economy under the rule of Mr. MARADONNA himself; Gen. I. B. Babangida. I attended a popular private primary school in the city of Ibadan in western Nigeria owned by the Catholic Church named Sacred Heart Private School located at Oke-Ado in the city. The same church has a primary school; St. Williams Primary School, which shares fence on the left with my school. The primary school is a public school because it was forcefully acquired by the military rule in their “jungle-justice” policy-making. For that reason, the private school I attended was established. Also sharing fence with my primary school at the back is the St. Theresa’s College which is also a government acquired school belonging to the Catholic Church.
I graduated from that primary school and was admitted to Baptist Secondary School which shares fence with my primary school on the right. It is a public school, though it was established by the Nigerian Baptist Convention and was taken over by the government. The secondary school had the children of the influential in the society. Children of top officials in the federal and state civil service, business executives and tycoons in the city attended the school. Then, private secondary schools were few in the city; the few that existed were been run by religious institutions (e.g. All Saints College, Ibadan run by Anglican Church) and very few individuals (Atanda comprehensive and others)