The Nigerian government should return History to Schools

#BringBackHistoryInNigeria – Today, there is a lot of false narratives concerning Nigeria among some ethnic nationalities/cultures. These narratives are targeted at promoting certain lifestyles and cultures while condemning others. People are living in falsehood and not telling their people-descendants the truth about who they truly are and who others are. Where is this taking Nigeria? It is very regrettable that History, as a subject, was removed from secondary education curriculum in Nigeria. And no one seems to be concerned. Some people may claim that Social Studies still has elements of history in its content. Yes; but that is too primary; there is need to go beyond basic education in this regard.

This situation gets worse by the day, especially as the high school subject, ‘History’ is no longer offered/taught in secondary schools across the country. I cannot stop imagining what kind of education policy this is? I do not understand. Even scientists do study history – It is not just about the arts/humanities/social sciences. It only takes a development-minded person to understand how important the study of history can be to a society – Again, it is unarguably one of the most interesting of secondary school subjects. I did not study history in the secondary school myself, but honestly, I regret it.

I am doing this piece as a call for the study of history to be returned to the Nigerian education system/ secondary school curriculum. If this policy is not reversed, then Nigeria may be heading to oblivion. Axing the study of the past/ Nigeria’s past may, therefore, translate into annihilating a people. If the development process is so relegated, then Nigeria cannot make any headway. Unless the truths about the country and the globe is told the level of ignorance will continue to increases. This is one key aspect of humanity that can create proper understanding in both national and international and help project the future.

Nigeria must trace its past correctly in order to be able to address its contemporary and future (developmental) challenges. I had in the past talked about taking the challenge of Biafra to the country’s advantage, but unfortunately, it seems the authorities do not care and no one does. I wonder what great societies of the world today that never had such challenge, or rather, if you will, ‘opportunity’ of war as Nigeria; and they did well to take advantage of same to facilitate their development, which is why they are where they are today

It is very unlikely that Nigeria would be able to correct its mistakes unless the past is talked about, and the knowledge of the past imparted to future generations both formally and informally. This is one sure way of collective and individual development evaluation. Nigerian children should be told about the precolonial and colonial era; they need to be told about the early/postcolonial era, too and every event of the country. Nigerians should be told about the good old days as well as the bad.

In summary, therefore, I am using this medium to plead with the government as they restructure the system to consider the return of ‘History to Nigerian schools and let it be written in both the West African Senior School Certificate Examinations (WAEC) and the National Examinations Council (NECO).

Please, #ThinkHistory, #BringBackHistoryInNigeria BringBackTheHistoryBooks !!!

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That Cancellation of POST-JAMB UTME Examination — egwuatu

I have just seen POST-UTME screening advertisements for UNILAG and FUTO; and I am wondering if anything is wrong with the ads. Would it be wrong to screen candidates in order to ascertain their preparedness/ capacity to study in the institutions where they have applied to study? What fault would the federal government find with […]

via That Cancellation of POST-JAMB UTME Examination — egwuatu

That Cancellation of POST-JAMB UTME Examination

I have just seen POST-UTME screening advertisements for UNILAG and FUTO; and I am wondering if anything is wrong with the ads.

Would it be wrong to screen candidates in order to ascertain their preparedness/ capacity to study in the institutions where they have applied to study? What fault would the federal government find with this step? They had claimed that the Post-UTME examinations in individual universities were a means of extortion. Now that the real examination may no longer take place, but the screening will still not be free, would the antagonists be satisfied as it would just be enough for anybody to pay the screening/ processing fee and await their admission?

Look at these:

  1. Federal University of Technology, Owerri 2016/2017 Admission Screening Exercise – Eligible candidates would be required to pay a processing fee of Two Thousand Five Hundred Naira (N2,500.00);
  2. University of Lagos Post UTME Screening Exercise for 2016/2017 Academic Session – Screening Fee: N2,500.

I wonder what Nigeria is building on! What exactly is the government encouraging? Is it sacrificing merit on the altar of mediocrity? Hopefully the government will withdraw from the politicisation of the education sector. The government has to be cautious!

African Union and the New African Passport

Talking about African integration is an unrealistic tall dream. Having a unified passport system as recently launched by the African Union (AU) does not translate into integration or oneness. African countries should think about themselves first as individual entities and work out their liberation from bad governance and poverty, and by extension put their individual houses together before looking at the bogus regional integration policy.

What benefits would individual African countries get from their neighbours when a great majority of them have remained economically and technologically dependent on America, Europe (especially their colonial masters) and Asia? The idea of introducing one passport makes no sense as it would still not eliminate travelling hitches on the continent for African citizens, even as mere visitors.

At the moment, I believe it is better to have that immigration arrangement more at sub-regional levels such as the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) which currently has a single passport system that works relatively well as holders of the passport do not need visa to travel across West Africa at least for a few months. Despite, the sub-region’s successful effort at creating and adopting the ECOWAS passport, it is still battling with issues of trade liberalisation and currency issues as well as resident permits for West African citizens who wish to settle, live and work in countries other than theirs. How easy can it be for the AU?