By Dayo Adesulu
HEAD, Early Childhood Education, Faculty of Education, University of Lagos, Professor Florence Ajike Osanyin, has stated that the 6-3-3-4 system of education failed as a result of lack of political will in planning, data sourcing, provision of facilities, teacher preparation and the infamous take-over of mission schools.
Delivering Home Science Association’s 50th anniversary lecture on: The Relevance and Adequacy of Nigerian Education to Globalisation to mark the HSA, Nursery and Primary School, Ikoyi, Osanyin said: “The failure of the system has led to the lingering crisis in the education system today.”
According to her, Vision 20:20:20 was intended to position Nigeria to be one of the top economies in the world. She explained that the results of the 2010 Nigeria Education Data Survey showed that primary school attendance ratio increased pupil repetition and drop out rates reduced, while overall adult literacy rate was 71.6 per cent.
Osanyin who noted that the education crisis in Nigeria is not only one of access, but also quality, pointed out that the large number of children emerging from schools with limited literacy or numeracy skills is worrisome.
Quoting the 2012 EFA Global Monitoring Report on ‘Youth and Skills, Putting Education to Work’, She said “that among young men aged 15 to 29 in 2008 who had left school after six years of schooling, 28 per cent were illiterate and 39 per cent were semi illiterate.”
She added that UNICEF 2015 global monitoring report on EFA 2000-2015 showed that there are 58 million children out of school. “Out of this number, 25 million are in the rural areas and from poorest of the world.”
Meanwhile, Mrs Folasade Bakare, President the Home Science Association, said that the theme of 50 years celebration seeks to acknowledge the far reaching impact they have made in the education of hundreds of children across the country. According to her, “HSA graduates are numbered among distinguished Nigerians in different fields of endeavour. The Association has since birthed more institutions, a first-class co-educational secondary school with full boarding facilities at Alakuko, nursery and primary schools, day care centre for market men and women and a fully equipped vocational education institute.”