By: Ifeanyi Okonkwo (Anambra),
Professor Can Nwankwo, of the Department of Guidance and Counseling, Nnamdi Azikewe University ( Uni-zik) Awka, has frowned at the lack of interest in education in Nigeria among students and those yet to be in school, blaming it on the Nigerian society.
Prof. Nwankwo, who spoke to media men at UniZik campus, said that the society has abandon the value and importance of education as the quest for money has taken over the mind of the youths.
“The society has abandoned the values and importance of education as the height and hunger of reaching the zenith of education is no longer there”.
“Young minds are just interested in making money. They are losing interest because their friends and the people around them who are not in school are driving big cars and building houses and this has made even those already in school to lose interest and those wishing to go to school are beginning to have a change of mind”.
“Youths no longer want to know how others make their money. They are only interested in luxury and lust for material things”, he stated.
Prof. Nwankwo added by urging the National Orientation Agency (NOA) to increase their effort in creating awareness and more campaign should be made on the importance of education and berated some lecturers for poor performance.
“The National Orientation Agency (NOA) needs to put in more effort as the consciousness and value system of Nigerians need to be worked on.
“More quality hand needs to be injected into the education system. The work load is too much for a lecturer. Due to lack of man power, lecturers overstress themselves which invariably makes them not to pay quality attention to their students”.
He urged lecturers whose job is to train students to put in their best so that quality graduates will be produced.