The recent WASSCE revealed that only about 32% of the candidates had five credits that included Mathematics and English. It means a portion of the remaining candidates had less than five credits, some had five credits without Mathematics and English, and the rest had their results withheld due to varying cases of examination malpractices. This result has revealed the extent of our intellectual decay. Sadly, this calamity is wounding us bad with no counter action from us. We can argue that these tenth grades are but a minimal proportion of our populace, but realistically they display the core characteristics of the rest of us – as our society largely reeks of our undisciplined inputs, and these students are a true picture of our society.
Currently, our adolescents and youths have their minds wandering nakedly between the brick walls of extreme showbiz, instant wealth, uncontrolled tech exposure, and ignorance, yet we crassly move on in social bondage.
However, in the face of this seemingly disguised catastrophe, we gradually tend towards advanced intellectual colonialism. Meaning sensitive societies with robust intellectual balance shall exploit our sorry state in whatever direction their needs drive them. Like it’s already happening and we are insensitive to, we would on a rather pitiful level sell our birthright for a distasteful and emaciating mess of pottage.
Moreover, it is said that we only copy the eccentricities of the western world and we ignorantly by-pass the ingenuity of their innovations and social advancement. And that’s the reason most of our youths are clones of Hollywood, showbiz and the entertainment world. I can recall a thought leader warned that “Life is more than sports and entertainment. Life is serious business”. It is purely a very serious business, I add! This is because the so called
It is therefore the responsibility of the discerning ones amongst us to forcefully guide our youths rightly on this path of advancement. Again, only those with firm grasp on their emotions can assume the guidance role in this present state. Teachers, leaders, role models, public figures, parents, and peers with disciplined thoughts and effective management of their human excesses must rise up to the task of guiding the susceptible ones amongst us to a productive path.
Lastly, waking up to this position of consciousness is major among other solutions to our knowledge, originality and innovation sickness. So, for the sake of our advancement and that of the African society at large, retracing our steps to correct our information usage pattern as well as taking responsibility for our education are key measures to getting it right. We have to keep learning to consciously manage useful information in order to create outputs our society can be grateful for. Live, learn and have fun.
God Bless Nigeria
The writer tweets @abdulrazarc
Razaq ‘Gbenga Adefiranye