| Ignite Africa Spotlight-On-A-Region Essay Competition, Bonny, Rivers State In Collaboration with Bonny Youth Centre |
Topic: Challenges Faced by Students in Public Schools. Prize: N50,000.00 and a book titled, 'Crossover'. Winner: Azuruonwu Prince E.
Read his Essay:
Challenges faced by students in public schools refer to the problems of students in public schools in Nigeria. These challenges are numerous and cumbersome, because we go through terrible conditions in the schools, some of which include:
1. Lack of credible and qualified Teachers: Most public schools in Bony, Rivers State face the terrible challenge of having no credible Teachers to teach and impart knowledge to their students, who are regarded as the future generation and leaders of tomorrow. This is a big challenge for students in the sense that the Teachers are careless about teaching the students to ensure they understand and develop accordingly. The public schools Teachers of our generation are not really helping to improve the educational standard in Nigeria. Most times, they refuse to answer the questions that a student asks to better understand the topic being taught, and instead of answering the question, they give it back to the students as an assignment. After the students have done the assignment, and get it wrong, they still refuse to answer or throw more light on the question that was asked by a student in the first place. Students cannot learn or excel under this kind of condition.
2. Lack of adequate learning facilities: Some public schools in Bonny lack adequate learning facilities that are very essential to learning. Good learning facilities are helpful in improving educational standards anywhere. The educational facilities in some public schools are not befitting; there are no desks and chairs for students to sit and learn, coupled with a tense atmosphere. Some of the schools building roofs are leaking terribly, which is a really bad condition for learning. In really bad instances of heavy downpour of rain, the school environment will flood, and the roofs fall off nearly doing great harm to students, while they contend with swimming through the flood to safety. Hence, students will have to forego lectures for that period. This also means that any day the atmospheric condition is not conducive, there will be no learning, as classes cannot hold under heavy rain. This definitely affects the scheme of work, and negatively impacts on performance at national examinations, causing massive failure rates.
3. Inadequate help from government: Generally in Nigeria, the government is really developing apathy towards educational standards in public schools; the government is not supporting most of the schools, hence, the schools lack basic social and educational amenities, which are essential for the intellectual development of students, and the improvement of educational standards in the region.
4. Poor infrastructural Development: The infrastructural developments in some of the public schools are really not what we should be proud of; these are really poor. Most of the school buildings are really poorly built and so weak, it can collapse at any point in time.
5. Hard Labour: The labour in public schools in the region is really hectic; it is hard labour. The students have to cut grass or clear large portions of land during labour time; and after the labour in school, we are also forced to go work in our teachers’ farmland, which is very large. During this hard labour we have to use simple farm tools, like cutlasses and hoes, often leaving us with blistered palms and fingers. During this labour, we are not given insecticides to spray on the extremely large bushy portions of land to protect us from wild insects and reptiles. We have been faced with life threatening conditions, such as snake bites. This is a big threat to learning and development; no student should have to school under such conditions.
6. Lack of recreational Activities: The public schools do not have any means of recreational activities, like sports; it’s a challenge to students, as we can’t even develop in that area, and sports is one aspect of learning that encourages the students to relax their nerves after long lectures, and even creates a source of living in the future for some. With this problem, we cannot be well-rounded students.
7. Lack of Exploring Excursions: The students in public schools have the challenge of not going out for excursions, which is also a part of learning, as excursions help expand a student’s mind and teaches students what they will never learn in a classroom.
8. Lack of Educational Competitions: The public schools lack competitions that are educative; educational competitions between schools have a way of helping students develop intellectually and socially, as they interact and learn the ways of other people and societies; it impacts on how they view the world, and helps them think outside the box, and not be so narrow minded in their thinking.
9. Molestation and Depression from Teachers: Teachers really molest some female students in some public schools. This act of these dangerous Teachers cause depression for the affected female students, thereby making school a scary place to be, and of course, a total loss of interest in learning or listening to such teachers. A depressed student cannot learn, as such a student is wounded psychologically. This challenge is really bad, as it attempts to steal the students’ hope and future away.
10. Kidnapping and Poor Transportation system: These two are related. Public school students in the region suffer a greater chance of being kidnapped than students in private schools, because most of the kidnapping are being done amongst students of public school; this is a big threat to students’ lives. Most public schools do not have any form of transportation (School bus), to transport students to and fro school. This is very challenging, as some students have to walk to school from a very far distance through lonely paths, making kidnapping very easy for the kidnappers.
- In conclusion, these are some of the challenges faced by students in public schools. These challenges make learning difficult and unattractive; in conditions like these, students are easily lost to crime.