By Gabriel Olawale
A specialist in enrolling Nigerian students for international education and the Managing Director of Management Education and Training, MET, Mr Bamidele Omotosho has faulted education administration in the country for student’s academic low performance.
Speaking during the commissioning of MET new cooperate structure in Lagos, Omotosho said that the education curriculum in the country still ranks among the best in the whole world but the administrative procedure is really bad.
“Our educational administration in this country is poor and it doesn’t bring out the best in our students. When you look at certain issues like ratio of studenst to teacher, size of library in which some schools don’t even have and environmental facilities like lodge, transportation, light to study, teacher motivation among others is greatly affecting our students performance.
“When I was in University of Ibadan in the 60’s nobody was interested in going abroad to study because the environment was good. The student population then was around 3,000 and with the same structure now maybe with little improvement they have about 30,000.”
While comparing Nigerian students’ performance to the world, Omotosho noted that foreign exams have shown that they are academically sound and brilliant, “many of our students’ perform well and go on scholarship to show that our own educational structure is not bad.” Omotosho said that the reason why many Nigerian students perform well outside the country is as a result of their administration, “their infrastructure is better and the ratio of student to teacher is lower.
Averagely, their number of student to teacher is about 20 to 1 but here in Nigeria it can be up to 200 to one. There the environment is better and facilities are better, so when you now take people who already have the potentials academically and genetics to good environment they excel. On his part, MET chairman, Mr Gboyega Fatimilehin explained that the newly commissioned building ia aimed at making learning easy and conducive for the students.