The All Nigeria Conference of Principals of Secondary Schools (ANCOPSS) has condemned the involvement of Nigerian youths in politics at the expense of formal education.
In a communiqué issued Thursday at the end of its five day National Executive Meeting in Gusau, ANCOPSS said there is advent of “Dual Career” studentship in Nigeria’s educational system and something urgent must be done to curtail it.
The ANCOPSS lamented the way youths in the country involve themselves in party politics early at the expense of formal education with its attendant consequence on their academic performance.
The principals of secondary schools in the country further called for emphasis on effective formal education by stakeholders to prepare youths for robust politicking in later life.
” All effort should be made to discourage “dual career” studentship in our educational system for quality education and check on the wave of under performance and social vices among youths,” the communiqué said.
The school principals then called on political leadership at all levels in the country to focus more on the welfare of the people for a better society.
The first and perhaps the greatest challenge facing Nigeria and making it difficult for good quality education that is capable of bringing about sustainable development is inadequate funding by federal, state and local governments to the extent that funding has been in response to conditionality imposed by international financial institutions(IFTs).… When Nigeria got independence in 1960, there was the growing need for rapid economic and technological development.
This increased the desire for high level technical and scientific knowledge with skilledbased education programmes, resulting in the appetite for polytechnic education in the country.