'Nigeria's academic environment doesn't bring out the best in students'

An educational consultant, Bamidele Omotosho, says the Nigerian educational environment is not equipped to bring out the best in students.

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Many Nigerian students are seeking better education in foreign universities because the Nigerian educational environment is not equipped to bring out the best in them.

An educational consultant, Bamidele Omotosho, said this at the opening of Kalesanmi House, a residential training centre in Ikeja, Lagos State.

According to him, the environment in which students study matters to their development.

"The reason our students also go out there to be excellent is because of the environment and facilities that are far better than what we have here," Omotosho said.

"The current environment still doesn't bring out the best in Nigerian students."

He made an example of the teacher to student ratio, which according to him, is by far higher in Nigeria compared to international best practice.

"The ratio of student to teacher is much lower [in foreign universities] than what we have here; averagely it is 20:1.

Omotosho noted that the situation has not always been so.

"In the 1960s and 1970s when we were in the universities, nobody was interested in going overseas because we had the best of environment for learning and foreigners were almost begging to come here," he said.

"In UI then, the total student population was 3, 000."

The educationist also noted that many programs are not available in the Nigerian educational system, thereby requiring students to look outside the country.

"Many Nigerians have no choice than to go to America for graduate programmes that are not available here."

He however noted that it is not entirely negative that Nigerian students go abroad to study, adding that the exposure is good for them.

"The goal is to broaden the horizon of our best minds.

"There is no country that does not send its citizen to other countries to study, because this is important to development.

"There are lots of Chinese and Japanese in American universities today; they are not there for the fun of it."

He said every country must be able to learn from others through its students.


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