By Ola Ajayi
Ibadan—AS the on-going strike of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, enters the third week, the former Acting National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Chief Bisi Akande has described as unfortunate how the academic and other labour unions always exclude the primary education system in their demands from governments.
He said this yesterday while presenting the chairman’s speech at the presentation of the autobiography of Chief Muritala Adebayo Adetunji which held in Ibadan.
The former Governor of Osun State at the book launch, titled, “Struggle to Success”, wondered why so much attention was devoted to tertiary institutions at the expense of primary and secondary education.
He said, “It is most unfortunate that our Academic Staff Unions of Universities and similar labour unions in our tertiary educational institutions do not see the need to include the amelioration of the present ugly plight of Nigeria’s voiceless primary education system in their usual demands from our governments”.
He further explained that statistics showed that in virtually all the developing countries, younger generations are progressively being exposed to better standards of education than the older generations had the opportunity to receive.
“But in Nigerian schools of today, learning seems to be more commonly faked in curriculum and standards, resulting in the country’s educational system turning out more and more unemployable college graduates. To me, the faults are in the foundations which are elementary and secondary education levels”, he lamented.
“In most countries of the world, secondary and higher are designed to produce the elites, while elementary/primary education us often designed to inculcate in children below age of 13 years fundamental literary and numeracy skills together with nurturing in all other dimensions of life which include spiritual, moral, cognitive, optional, imaginative, social a d physical in a continuum, preparatory to further learning in later life,” he said.