Monday, May 18, 2037
Nigeria has been rated the nation with the tenth best education in the world; and for the fifteenth consecutive time, the best in Africa. This is according to a recent survey conducted by the United Nations.
The UN’s Human Development Index (HDI) report of 2007 rated Nigeria 145th of 181 countries in global education index (Wikipedia). Thirty years later, the nation has climbed 135 steps to take the 10th positions in the world.
Over the past twenty years, Nigeria has been ranked number one in Africa for record eighteen times. Not only has the country led Africa for many years, it has also raised the bar so high other countries are trailing at far distance. In the past, most African nations’ education index were always in the 0.3 - 0.85 region, but now, Nigeria conveniently sits in the 0.9+ range with Zimbabwe and South Africa trailing at some distant 0.8+ region.
It took the sincere altruism of President Mohammed Akran, who took over office at a time when infrastructure building - often of poor quality - was a common way of scoring cheap political points, to turn the fortunes of the education sector around. Investing in the “intangibles” like education and human capacity development could not give corrupt leaders the opportunity to “show off,” so they would rather borrow billions of dollars and put generations unborn into debt in order to build roads that never lasted for more than five years. But, as for President Akran, it was more important to build the most essential resource of the nation - that is, the people - than the roads.
With sincere focus on education, he bought back the future of Nigeria. For the first time in Nigeria, the percentage earmarked for education rose to 30%. The whole sector was turned around in a space of just five years.
The achievements did not come without their challenges. In 2025, over 42, 000 teachers and lecturers were retrenched by both the federal and state governments, and this resulted in public outcries. However, the recruitment of over 100, 000 new teachers within a year after, soon put the outcries to rest. Consequently, working as a teacher or lecturer has become really competitive that non-performers are discharged by a sustainable edu-system without governments having to sack them.
The curricular standards of secondary schools, polytechnics and universities have so much been raised that Nigerians now find it easy to get international job opportunities - if they so wish.
At number ten in the world, Nigeria ranks ahead countries like Spain, Russia and Brazil.
Nigerian scholastic authors are now celebrated across the world - with 41 Nigerian-authored books being used in the US educational curriculums.
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