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CURRENT PROBLEMS FACING SECONDARY EDUCATION IN NIGERIA: THEIR EFFECTS ON THE ECONOMY AND THE WAYS FORWARD
The article highlighted and discussed the various current challenges facing Nigerian Secondary Education. The effects of the products from education with these challenges on the Nigerian economy and the ways forward were also highlighted. The paper defined secondary education as the education that children received within the ages 12 to 17 years after primary education and before the tertiary stage. Based on the experiences the author of this article has gathered over the years as a secondary school teacher, the following were some of the current problems facing secondary education in Nigeria. These problems include over population of Nigerians, shortage of classroom buildings and laboratories, examination malpractices and poor funding. Others are corruption among Nigerians, shortage of qualified and dedicated teachers, weak process of recruiting teachers by their employers and weak regulatory body of teachers and so on. Furthermore, high illiteracy, armed robberies, rituals, unemployment and unstable academic calendar were some of the resultant effects of these challenges on the Nigerian economy. As one of the ways forward, the paper recommended that the budgetary allocation to education at all levels of government should be increased to 30% of the total annual budget. The article concluded that the problems presently facing secondary education are caused by Nigerians and they can also be solved by Nigerians.
Keywords: Challenges, current, effects, secondary education, solutions.