By Onyinkwa O
These days, it is very common to run into a University graduate who can hardly string together a coherent English sentence, or one with post graduate qualification who is totally clueless on most of the most basic knowledge of the course that he or she has ‘mastered’. Benjamin Kailikia Kanake lays out the reasons here rather convincingly.
One of the reasons I enrolled in a postgraduate program earlier in the year, was to establish the truth about what I have always been hearing concerning modern day university education. My findings have confirmed some scary facts:
1. Students no longer study for knowledge. They just search for answers to assignment questions.
2. Lecturers don’t teach. They just download notes from Google, photocopy and read out in class, or distribute as handouts to students. They even tell students which areas to read for the exams.
3. Students only read past exam papers and answer the questions, and lecturers are so faithful they reproduce the same questions year in year out.
4. Students copy from each other in exam rooms, sometimes sneaking out with answer sheets and do the exams elsewhere, sneaking back the answer sheets later through a corrupt exam officer.
5. Some lecturers don’t mark exams. They just look through and award marks arbitrarily.
6. Cases of missing marks and sexually transmitted grades are rampant.
7. Come to research proposals, thesis and projects.
a) most of those proposals are not original works, some are just plagiarised
b) most students don’t actually do the work themselves. Some con men have every research problem you’d think of in their hard discs and you have not to worry to defend it once well coached.
8. Majority of university tutors are not qualified. An example is a friend of mine who teaches in three village universities. She’s a high school teacher in a local day school, teaches business studies (which she did in undergraduate) in the school, but did a masters in counselling psychology.
In one of the universities, she teaches financial management to BBA students. Others are just masters students yet to graduate but are busy teaching in the university. I know of a case where an MBA class had one of their papers marked by a fellow MBA student, who happened to be a tutorial fellow teaching BBA as he pursues his MBA
What this has done to our systems
1. The same rubbish has been reproduced in the workplace and no wonder you go to an office and incompetence is the other synonym for any enterprise you want to study.
2. Even university dons have perfected the art of faking research works as soon as they smell a donor in the air.
3. There’s no longer any serious university education and scientific research, which will eventually catch up with us and destroy what we think we treasure.