The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, has stated that that the standard of education in the country is declining.
Adamu gave this submission while speaking at the commissioning of various projects at the Federal College of Education, Yola.
The Minister admitted that most graduating students of tertiary institutions in Nigeria, do not know how to read or write in English, which is a serious concern that needs to be addressed.
Adamu said: “Many graduating students in many tertiary institutions across the country find it difficult to write, read or communicate in English.
“Government is aware of this unfortunate development in our education sector and is not resting on its oars to salvage the situation.
“Education Administrators need to wake up from their slumber.”
The Minister, who was represented by the Director, Tertiary Education, Hajia Rakiya Iliyasu, called on graduates to brace up with the challenges of modern education.
Adamu, further stated that not only the “lecturers but stakeholders in the educational sector should also sit up to ensure that the decline in the value of education is breached within the shortest possible time”.
He insisted that the major problem affecting students learning is the involvement in anti-social activities, with the minister saying, this has forced many students to engage in full-time criminality.
A recent study indicated that ‘lack of qualified teachers of English language’ is one of the banes of the inability of undergraduates in tertiary institutions in Nigeria to speak or write effectively in English.
Findings from the study further revealed that ‘ when the students had to learn under other teachers who cannot communicate well in the English Language, they do not learn well or pick up the wrong use of the language’.