The increases education gap between rich and poor students - No.1 Education Blog In Nigeria

How To Change Your Jamb 2018 Course And Institution
JAMB 2018 Cut-Off Mark Possible Cut-Off Mark For All Universities, Pyrotechnics and College Of Education
Advertise With Us - Let The World Know About Your Business At Cheap Price

Sunday, October 8, 2017

The increases education gap between rich and poor students



Continue reading after the advertisement...



   
   Education, no doubt, serves as a proven tool to foster equality among all members of a society and all constituent regions in multi-ethnic nations. Taking Nigeria as a case study, education aims at covering up the loopholes created by cultural cum political divides, thus, it is clearly articulated in the National Policy on Education that “every Nigerian child shall have a right to equal educational opportunities irrespective of any real or imagined disabilities each according to his or her ability” (NPE 2004). To effect this policy, the Federal government has commendably instituted schools in all regions and states of the federation ranging from the elementary to the tertiary level and at the same time set up national education bodies to see to the uniformity in the curriculum, examination and assessment as well as other vital issues that pertain to all schools in the federation.


  Having reduced the education gap caused by political zones to the tittle, there appears nonetheless a more or less important chasm that has been paid little attention, and that is the gap brought about by socioeconomic class or put differently, the gap between the rich and the poor! The existence of social stratification in Nigeria is undeniable. The classes have been summarised by several economists as the low, the middle and elite classes or just the low class and the high class judging by their level of affluence, income rate, properties .

 The dangers caused by the rich-poor divide in education transcends the secondary school. For low-income students who are able to tussle their way into the higher institutions, they have a barrage of challenges likewise to grapple with ranging from psychological problems such as inferiority complex, lack of self-worth and disappointments to material problems such as procurement of handouts, textbooks and other study materials without leaving out payment of school fees and, of course, the poor man’s companion – hunger! All these problems culminate in poor performances thereby making the rise from the low class to the high class a very tasking one if not herculean. It also goes without saying that students of both classes are worlds apart as far as quality of education received is concerned. Standard of schools attended, quality of teachers and materials are all variables that are determined by the individual’s social placement
Required education level, profession, etc.        
 
     The manifestation of class differences on education reflects virtually at all levels of education. To start with, at the elementary level, a child’s family situation and socioeconomic status can make or mar his/her psychological growth. Since children born into poor homes are more likely to suffer poor nutrition, food insecurity, domestic violence, environmental hazards and lots more, undue stress on the brain cannot be helped, thereby leading to frustrated school performance. In contrast, children from affluent homes are hardly faced with such problems as lack of food or comfort, and are able to concentrate more on themselves, realize their potential, develop confidence and an overall proper brain development.                                                      


    More so, in secondary schools, most students from low-income homes dwindle in their academic performances largely as a result of little or no study time or lack of study materials. Some students are forced to combine schooling with family support or temporarily stay out of school to engage in menial jobs in order to raise funds to support their own academics or the family’s upkeep. In addition, such students are doubly hit with dented hopes of furthering their studies to the higher institutions and very weak academic performances which leave them second-placed to their rich counterparts who are armed with sufficient study time, study materials and even tutorial masters.                                                    
    The dangers caused by the rich-poor divide in education transcends the secondary school. For low-income students who are able to tussle their way into the higher institutions, they have a barrage of challenges likewise to grapple with ranging from psychological problems such as inferiority complex, lack of self-worth and disappointments to material problems such as procurement of handouts, textbooks and other study materials without leaving out payment of school fees and, of course, the poor man’s companion – hunger! All these problems culminate in poor performances thereby making the rise from the low class to the high class a very tasking one if not herculean. It also goes without saying that students of both classes are worlds apart as far as quality of education received is concerned. Standard of schools attended, quality of teachers and materials are all variables that are determined by the individual’s social placement.                          

No comments:

Post a Comment


offeroffer
Do You Love The Current Design Of This Blog? We Can Set Up Same Design For You At An Affordable Price.

Click Here Now To Get Started!


HOME | ABOUT | CONTACT US | ADVERTISE | PRIVACY POLICY
DISCLAIMER

Copyright © 2017. Powered by SchoolForum.