I went to a boarding school in Ogun state. It was horrible, I hated it. One of my ex-classmates still has nightmares about it. Imagine that, a grown man with a child, and he still wakes up screaming, shivering. Does he expect his wife to take a break from breastfeeding their baby to rock him back to sleep?
My cousin has two children now and they go to an unconventional school that is nothing like my school was. She mentioned that as part of their subjects, they have to take a tailoring class and a hair-dressing class. I thought that was pretty funny.
Tailoring? Har-har. Hair dressing? *snaps fingers over head* Not my child. How about some real education?
After I was done mocking them, I was going over the subjects I took, and I realized what a waste some of them were.
Like Further Mathematics. They sell it to you with a whole Engineering pitch, telling you that if you want to become an engineer, this is the type of math you need to know. Rubbish.
By the time you learn it at 13, it means nothing. Memorizing meaningless equations with no correlation to regular math doesn’t give a child a headstart to anywhere. You could replace Further Math with the study of Egyptian hieroglyphs and you’d get the same blank stares and pointless cramming that you’re getting now.
I also took Christian Religious Knowledge (CRK), and my beef with this one is a bit more tricky.
For us, it was compulsory that everyone attend church or mosque, three times a week: on Sundays during church hours, on Fridays during mosque hours, and on Wednesdays for a mid-week service. Each of these were independent of CRK class and lasted between two and five hours.
You could make the argument that the fellowship periods are for worship while the class periods are for objective study of religion. But if you tend towards the religious, then it makes sense that they be combined for one complete experience, while if you tend towards the secular, then it makes no sense to make them both compulsory.
It is one extra class that doesn’t count anywhere else in the world. Ouch, I know.
It has been clear for a long time that there aren’t enough jobs for everyone, but we are still shoveling students through our stale system, churning out drones. The government’s solution to this is to try to stem the flow of unemployment at the university level with one measly course in entrepreneurship.
It is one thing if our system doesn’t make us competitive globally. But it is even worse, if it doesn’t prepare us to be entrepreneurs locally.
You can sign me up to plait some hair.