With almost a decade teaching, Oseni Shukura earns N45,000 teaching 20 students. Now, she is forced to retire back to her house until it is safe to teach again.
On Monday, 25th of July, students of Federal Government College, Kwali-Abuja, had to vacate the school after an order by the government to close the school after bandits attacked the community. However, this is not the first time schools, in Nigeria, would be closed over an insecurity breach.
The closure of FGC Kwali forced other schools in Abuja- with some being in session- to close down.
“I feel threatened when bandits attack any state and now they are at our doorstep. Students are not safe and so are the teachers”, Shukura lamented after staying at home for over a week.
Although teachers like Shukura lauded the move by the federal government saying “students’ safety is more of priority”, she is faced with a bigger threat–looking for how to survive.
“There are no alternatives I have as a teacher. Most of us have invested our years of experience into teaching and almost no income from any other place. This means if there is no school, there would be no reason to pay”, she said.
Nigeria’s education has been threatened, in the last years, by unsettling issues. At secondary schools in some parts of the Northern region, over 1000 children have been kidnapped while at the tertiary level, a decade of strike actions have suspended academic sessions.
15 years old Omotola (last name withheld) a student in one of the affected schools in Abuja (name withheld) lamented that the threat on her education has been traumatizing for her.
“I want to be a doctor but it might be difficult with this suspension because no one knows when it would be safe to resume. Some people have been kidnapped years ago and many have not returned, I do not want to be part of that story”, she said.
Just like Omotola, children and parent are bewildered as they are constantly faced with terrorist attacks that tramples on education in Nigeria.
Dashboard : Dwlinding Education Pattern
Twentyten Daily dashboard on education shows the trend and pattern on secondary school education between 2016 to 2019.
The data, collected from the Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria, showed that between 2015 to 2019, a total of 2 million teachers registered.
- There is a 52:48 male to female ratio of registered teachers in Nigeria. That means there are more male registered teachers than female registered teachers in Nigeria
- According to UBEC, the total teaching staff in junior secondary schools were 382,000 in 2018.
- Between 2016 to 2018, 19 million junior secondary schools were enrolled
- In 2017, only 2 million student completed JSS3 in Nigeria
- Between 2016-2017, 9 million senior secondary schools were enrolled
- Between 2016 to 2019, 7 million applied for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination
Infographics On Teachers
- States in the Northern geo-political zone have the lowest record of female registered teachers in 2015 and 2019.
- The top ten lowest registration of teachers are majorly from the Northern region in 2015 and 2019.
- Four states in the south west geo-polictical zone are among the top 10 states with the highest male teachers registration in 2015 and 2019.
- When comparing 2015 and 2019 data, most northern states have the lowest registered male teachers
- Five states in the south west geo-polictical zone are among the top 10 states with the highest female registered teachers in 2015 and 2019.
Education expert, Micheal Kayode Ojo, told Twentyten Daily that the closure of school only solves a temporary problem of protecting students from insecurity attacks adding that the right response would be to apprehend criminals.
“Overtime, shutting down of schools will continue to happen in Nigeria and therefore rotten the educational sector of Nigeria. The school has been deeply affected by the economic, political and social conditions of our time, it has been exposed to many undesirable things such as violence, sabotage and the likes”, he said.
Ojo explained that the long effect would result in poor interest in learning, prolonged academic sessions, exposure to immoral vices and a reduction in educational values.
However, Shukura added that more can be done by security agencies to ensure safety in the community as she hopes to resume teaching soonest.