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Aisha Yesufu @AishaYesufu
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This system of teaching killed our critical thinking

Mr Giwa is a shopkeeper. He has a shop in Lawal's village. His shop is full of things to buy. He sells.......

Q:Who is Mr Giwa?
A:Mr Giwa is a shopkeeper
Q:Where does Mr Giwa has a shop?
A:He has a shop in Lawal's village
This was from one of the textbooks I used in primary school. All through my primary and secondary education I loved English-language. It was my most effortless to pass subject. I never needed to read it for exams or anything
When I changed school from a government secondary school Government Girls Secondary School Kabo to BUK Staff Secondary School it was tough. I realised I was local champion in my government school. I bounced back after a few years. From being laughed at to top English student
Essay writing, Comprehension and summary were my best part and had high marks. The part I struggled with were "grammatical function of......" I never studied the subject. How does one read English for English exam? The Novels I read were enough😋
Not just English language in other subjects we were asked questions that involved cramming and regurgitating what we had crammed. Students who went out of what was taught or brought in other points were sometimes punished.
The lecturer who taught me Industrial Microbiology would fail you if you add anything outside his note and that note had been the same since he started teaching years before my time and might still be so if he is still teaching. I left university 19 years ago
This method of just giving your teachers what they taught you meant we didn't challenge ourselves. We didn't think out of the box. We didn't challenge our teachers. We were just like robots
Back to English language, it got to a point where I didn't bother reading the passage for comprehension before answering the questions. I would go straight to the questions and look for the key word in the passage and just copy it down
In 2011 I left Kaduna to join my husband in Abuja and we enrolled our children into school that was purely British curriculum. Na there wahala start!
The English I was don in I couldn't even help my daughter with her year 7 JS1 English. Apparently I was local champion🤣
I will look at comprehension passage and look at the answer expecting to lift out the answer as usual but the answer wasn't there to be lifted. It was not funny. My Nigerian system didn't teach me to crack my brain to answer English language questions. I was frustrated!
I was mostly my childrens' lesson teacher. Here I was not understanding talkless of teaching so I went to the school and met the registrar to seek for help.( to get knowledge I no dey shame ooh. I can go to a child to be taught)
The registrar then used the Mr Giwa.
She said where Nigeria system would be asking who is Mr Giwa and where does mr giwa have a shop British system would be asking you why is Mr Giwa not in Kubwa. You have to explain because his ship is in Lawal's village he can't be in kubwa
It was quite an eye opening experience. Instead of being asked the obvious you have read you were asked questions that challenged your understanding and pushed you to use them
My daughter's English language questions would be asking for explicit and implicit meaning. Here I was asked to cram and regurgitate.
Passages given to me and questions asked and answers given without taxing myself.
Even maths was not left out. You were asked questions that meant you had to hink out of the questions in front of you. You challenged yourself and get all the question meant. It was difficult initially for my children but they adjusted.
Science nko? I had issues and during one of the parents teachers session( they called it coffee morning) I told the principal the science textbook didn't have definition and explanation just mostly experiments. He said to me what do they need definition for? I was humbled
I was used to wuestions like What is photosybthesis and lots of definition and what have you. Theirs was more of practical.
At this stage I withdrew from being their lesson teacher. I didn't have enough knowledge to be one anymore😣
May 5th 2018 would make it 4 years I have been on Twitter and I see many not get a tweet because we were never challenged to look for implicit meaning nor explore our critical thinking ability.
For my undergraduate project and masters thesis my lecturers gave me the expected end results. It was either I went that way or my work was wrong. With this mentality how can we have new discoveries and breakthroughs?
When my son was in primary 4 he saw water boiling in a pot and started explaining to me how cold particles get heated become lighter move up and the cold ones come down & heated.
That was the first time I related the evaporation I was taught to real life. I just crammed
My daughter in Year 7 ( JS1) once went jogging with me and started explaining the potential energy and kinetic energy and motion of how the jog was going. I looked blank and she said Mummy but you said you did Physics and I said we were not taught this way.
I no fit lie
Good quality education is priceless. Nothing beats it.
It's worth every holiday abroad we had to forfeit. Every new car we had to not buy. Every expensive wrapper I didn't buy and every gold I replaced with costume.
Pl start saving for your kids' education even before they come
There is something called the burden of knowledge & the bliss of ignorance. Even though I knew the educational system was bad I could believe it was as bad as the responses I saw to my thread. I had somehow assumed it was my time that was so bad and now is better. It's even worse
The greatest injustice in Nigeria is the lack of access to free good quality education by all. The quality of education one gets is now dependent on the economic status of one's family.
Many geniuses wasted because they are poor
The child of the poor attending public schools would be stunted academically no matter how intelligent she or he is because quality education was not made available
The levelling factor is education and lack of access to free good quality education means some segment of the nation would be disadvantaged for life.
Nigeria cannot develop with the current state of the educational system producing the current human capital
We seem to forget that intelligent people if not occupied gainfully would find a way of occupying themselves some in an ungainful manner that affects us all. You cannot keep them caged. Some would go criminal
We have to do something about our educational system. We have to improve it. It's costing the Nation too much. Half of what we are spending on insurgency if we had spent it on education we most likely wouldn't have this problem
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