Igwilo, Malachy
March 2010
International Journal of Academic Research;Mar2010, Vol. 2 Issue 2, p11
Academic Journal
There is no doubt that Nigeria's educational system is in shambles. The Universities have not been able to produce individuals that will drive the country forward. The primary and secondary levels of education have been left in the hands of charlatans. There have been various calls for urgent solutions and reforms. Some of these calls to reform include the call to globalize the curriculum and the call to allow the market forces determine the temper of education. Many of these ideas about reform create an important problem. They usually leave off the humanistic elements of education in pursuit of what is perceived as higher levels of discourse in terms of their insistence on the pursuit of scientific and technological education. This paper submits that these calls for reforms are a clear pursuit of fleeting fancies and there is little merit in them. It is the position of this paper that a deep rooted humanistic or liberal arts education, in terms of trivium and quadrivium, are urgently needed to serve as the basis of education in Nigeria.


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