Obasanjo Laments Decay in Education System, Seeks Reforms

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· Charges governments to tackle examination malpractices

Gboyega Akinsanmi

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Thursday lamented the depth of decay in Nigeria’s education system, and has asked for comprehensive reforms to effectively rescue the sector.

The former president also condemned outright the alarming rate of examination malpractice in the country which, he said, should be tackled to avoid a relapse of socio-economic order.

He expressed concerns at the disturbing level of decay in the country’s education system in a statement issued by the management of Good Shepherd Schools after its 18th valedictory service.
As indicated in the statement, Obasanjo was represented at the valedictory service by his Chief of Staff, Deacon Victor Durodola and the service was held at Atan, an Ogun State community.

The former president explained that unless the entire system “is totally overhauled and comprehensively reform, the country’s education sector will continue to decline and dwindle.”

He added that there “is need for total change in the system. We need to overhaul the education system. Unless we overhaul our systems, we will continue to have problem. The sector is just one subset of the system. Once we overhaul our entire system, every other system will fall in place”

He also canvassed change in value system, lamenting that the country’s value system “has changed for the worse. Unless we come back to arrest our value system and bring it to a path of rectitude, then we cannot change the educational system for good.”