Nigerian writer and Political Economist Michael Ogueke took to his social media page to share how things have changed since the time of his studenthood and Today. According to Professor Ogueke, things are simpler and easier Today as many facilities are available to the pupils. Yet the situation of Today’s Nigeria, according to the Professor, is worse than that of the past.
He shared an image of textbooks with wrapped in brown paper book covers, saying that “We did this to protect our textbooks, notebooks & exercise books from wear & tear so that our younger ones could use them after us.”
Professor Michael Ogueke It was common in our days for the siblings of the family (6 – 7) to use the same textbooks in turn from primary one to primary six, from class one to class 5 in secondary school. It was the same New General Mathematics, Modern Biology, Holdernes & Lambert (New Certificate Chemistry), Nelkon & Abbot (Physics) etc textbooks for several generations in secondary school.
Further, Professor Michael stated that this was not just the case with the texbooks. We also handled our uniforms & school sandals with care as they equally will be passed to our younger ones.
Reflecting on the situations of the present, Michael Ogueke stated that “Today, textbooks & even whole curriculums are changed every year. The amount of money spent on textbooks, exercise books, workbooks, uniforms, school shoes, toiletries levied at school, & other instructional materials, including home economics items, laboratory gears, as well as humongous fees for events such as school Cultural Day celebrations, school Koranic recitation ceremonies, end of year parties & graduation parties etc for just one child in just one year in primary school is enough to train four children in our days from primary school till they finish from university.
Michael Ogueke Things were so hard in our days compared to Today’s Nigeria. But we lived calm, organized, prudent, disciplined & happy, contented lives.
According to Ogueke, Things are easier now with so much comfort, stupendous luxury, prosperity & more money. Still, we live in poverty, hard times, which are difficult to deal with anger & everything we have is never enough.