OPINION: If Education Will Not Be Free, It Should Be Affordable

Everyone in the country have eventually accepted the facts that education is no longer a right in this country, but a privilege. And this privilege is about to be given strictly to the kids of high class. Kids from middle class not to talk of lower class no longer have the chance to afford the price tag of education in the country. I fear Nigeria future is sitting on a time bomb which may explode very soon if care is not taken.

BY AKANDE PROMISE (Mr. Pledge)

Benjamin Franklin said “an investment in knowledge/education pays the best interest.” A popular say also goes thus “if you want to destroy a country without an atomic bomb just deny them the right to education.”

It is no longer new in Nigeria of today when our leaders who benefited from the free education instigated from the then western region leader (Chief Obafemi Awolowo) fails to uphold the integrity the legend laid down in which they claim they did.

The incessant strike action faced by the students in government own higher institutions, especially state own institutions in southwestern region of the country is due to the lack of funds from the owner state and constant increment in tuitions. Let’s take Lautech as a case study, the strike that has become seasonal and constant yearly in LAUTECH for like five years now is due to the negligence of the two visitors of the state of Osun/Oyo who failed in their fatherly duties to the school by not funding the school couple with the constant increment in school fee in which it turn out not to be affordable for many students. Everyone in the country have eventually accepted the facts that education is no longer a right in this country especially in the states of Oyo/Osun but a privilege. And this privilege is about to be given strictly to the kids of high class. Kids from middle class not to talk of lower class no longer have the chance to afford the price tag of education in the country. I fear Nigeria future is sitting on a time bomb which may explode very soon if care is not taken.As at the moment, several schools in Oyo state are on strike, such as EMACOED, OYSCOTECH, etc

Many advocates of fee-free education oversimplify the issue by saying that because education is an investment, it should not be classified as a cost. This reinvents the laws of accounting. All investments, including education, cost money, which has to be obtained from somewhere. The fact that parents are not paying anything does not mean the cost falls away,yet they are paying. It is merely borne by the government – taxpayers in other words.

Despite most of our parents being an effective taxpayers, yet it was still decided on not to be free but if it will not be free at least it should be affordable across all class of economy. Nigerians should benefit the dividends of democracy ,so far tax is a must for all citizen.

I urge our leaders to Wake up to their duties. Perform your fatherly obligations; Education is our right, if it will not be Free, it should be affordable.

© Inspired by Salawudeen Oyewale George PC Com. Wale-P.

This opinion piece was written by Akande Promise (Mr. Pledge).

The views expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily represent the editorial policy of Campusgist.ng

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