I arrived Lagos like an Israelite carrying the half baked dough into a determined exodus. I had absolutely no idea what to expect, particularly how I will react to the weather, coming from extreme conditions like we witnessed this year in the Northeast US.
I am greatly troubled by what has come to be a monumental national disgrace. Our education system has utterly broken down at the foundational level. The only aspect of our society outside of the family entity that births the ““Beautiful Ones”” is the education system. To compound the woes, it’s so sad that for two years in a row we have received startling and stomach wrenching statistics of mass failure at the secondary school level. How can over 70 percent of students who sit for an exam fail? How do we explain that?
On the solutions front, I admitted that we may not be able to carry out widespread change at once, as that can only be done at a policy level. Dr. Oby Ezekwesili in her short stint as Education Minister tried to effect some positive structural changes. But like the usual epileptic policy processes, it was short-lived.