Proliferating illiteracy in the universities: A Nigerian perspective

Anthony Nwaopara, Anthony Ifebhor, Frank Ohiwerei

Abstract


The Nigerian educational system is in crisis. This paper aims to describe that crisis and demonstrate how this situation is contributing to a downward spiral in academic standards, and in particular its effect on decreasing literacy among Nigerian students. While recognising that the educational system is part of a much broader societal predicament, this paper nevertheless makes a number of recommendations for improvements to the Nigerian educational system, including a call for increased government funding of the education system, the need for constructive solutions to end cultism, and a multifaceted approach to entrenched social problems.

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.21913/IJEI.v4i1.194