North­ern­ers fail ex­ams be­cause of cul­tural cri­sis – Don

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The low per­for­mance of north­ern stu­dents at na­tional ex­am­i­na­tions has been at­trib­uted to ‘cul­tural cri­sis’ in the re­gion.

This was the gen­eral view at the 2nd Founder’s Day lecture se­ries of the Sokoto state Univer­sity held at its au­di­to­rium yes­ter­day.

Pre­sent­ing a pa­per on: “Ed­u­ca­tional cri­sis or cul­tural cri­sis writ large in North­ern Nige­ria: Con­se­quences of in­di­rect rule,” Pro­fes­sor Ardo Von Ga­jam, de­scribed the re­gion’s low per­for­mance in ed­u­ca­tion as a cul­tural cri­sis.

“It is def­i­nitely a cul­tural cri­sis be­cause ed­u­ca­tional cri­sis is not ar­rived at sim­ply be­cause pupils are fail­ing ex­ams or be­cause teach­ers are not qual­i­fied or avail­able,” he said.

Pro­fes­sor Ga­jam also dis­agreed that the stan­dard of ed­u­ca­tion in the coun­try was fall­ing, say­ing there was noth­ing wrong with the ed­u­ca­tional sys­tem ar­gu­ing that some parts of the coun­try were do­ing well un­der the same sys­tem.

“If you com­pare Kano which is a metropoli­tan state and Kogi which is a ru­ral state, you will see the ru­ral state is do­ing much bet­ter than the metropoli­tan state. This is be­cause in Kogi the peo­ple un­der­stand that mod­ern ed­u­ca­tion is a mod­ern­iz­ing tool in any so­ci­ety,” he said.

“That is to say their cul­ture and tra­di­tion con­sider mod­ern ed­u­ca­tion as one of the top pri­or­i­ties in their lives whereas Kano peo­ple have not mus­tered enough con­scious­ness to take mod­ern ed­u­ca­tion as part of their cul­ture, be­cause they are left to pur­sue tra­di­tion­al­ism as the colo­nial­ists wanted,” he said.

He

there­fore rec­om­mended that a state of emer­gency should be de­clared on ed­u­ca­tion by all the 19 north­ern gov­er­nors in or­der to re­verse the ugly trend.

Most of the sub­se­quent speak­ers up­held his view, with Gover­nor Aminu Waziri Tam­buwal iden­ti­fy­ing cul­tural be­lief, lack of fund­ing and trained teach­ers as con­tribut­ing fac­tors to poor per­for­mance by north­ern stu­dents.

Rep­re­sented by his deputy, Al­haji Ahmed Aliyu, Tam­buwal tasked the univer­sity to strengthen its fac­ulty of ed­u­ca­tion, as­sur­ing them of his sus­tained sup­port.

Newly ap­pointed com­mis­sion­ers take their oath of of­fice be­fore Gov. Ibrahim Gaidam of Yobe State (right), at the Gov­ern­ment House in Da­maturu yes­ter­day.

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