Educational tourism (or edutourism) is travelling for the purpose of studying in schools, universities or other education institutions.
According to World Education News + Review (WENR), the number of Nigerian students abroad increased from 26,997 to 71,351 (about 164%) between 2005 and 2015. Today, Nigerians top the list of international students studying in diaspora, and paying billions of dollars annually on tuition fees, accommodation and living expenses. In the U.S alone, Nigeria accounts for the 12th highest number of international students globally, and 31% of African students (about 11,000 Nigerian students as at 2015). Even in neighboring African nations like Ghana, there are over 71,000 Nigerian students pursuing educational goals.
Ever wondered why most of the elites’ children in Nigeria go to schools outside the country? And why many Nigerians wish to further their education abroad?
There has been a continuous fall in the standard of education in Nigeria. Research shows that the increasing demand for education in the nation does not match the expansion of infrastructure, funding, staffing and policies to make learning conducive and effective. Instead, incessant strike actions and poor lecturer-to-students ratio are the norm.
The Way Forward:
- Regular educational inspection and continuous supervision: The regularity of educational inspection and supervision exercise is presently not adequate to ensure quality control.
- Proper lecturer-students ratio: According to NUC BMAS guidelines, the highest Lecturer-Students ratio should be 1 lecturer to 30 students. Sadly, there are cases of 1 lecturer to over 60 students in many Nigerian Universities today.
- Adequate budgeting: UNESCO mandates that a minimum of 26% of national budget should be allocated to education but Nigeria has never been close to this target. Only 6.7% has been allocated for education in 2020 --this should change.
Article Credit: Ndianabasi Tom