ATTITUDE OF PARENTS TOWARDS FEMALE EDUCATION IN NIGERIA

In Nigeria, men and women have their own role to play for the benefit of the society. Men are said to be the head of the family, while the women took care of the children and house. This practice has been on for generations, it thereby stands as a draw-back to girls in many fields especially education.

Education of boys is considered more important because they are made to look after their parents and family, while the girls would be married out. These attitudes of parents toward the girl-child’s education was very common in native parts of nigeria. Some parents still believed that secondary school education is the highest they can offer their female children because they see them not to be permanent members of the family. All efforts made by parents is to ensure their male children (boys) attend school to place them in better position than girls in the society.

Training of girls in the past was regarded as a waste to the family in the sense that the money spent on their education can never be regained, they are unlike the boys who will in return care for the family and also continue with the family name. Most African countries believed that women are in the home for domestic chooses, therefore the girls are seen to be future home carers. When they get married, they tend to forget their parents and focus on their new home.

In the year (1973-74) research showed that the number of male students compared to female is 5:3/5.

In communities, males are valued and respected by their family members. A home without a male child is considered as unfruitful and brings unhappiness. Females are not expected to be the breadwinner of the family but are only regarded as wives and others to be, some are given education but not as much as the males, they are also not expected to challenge the males or to be as independent as them. In most parts of nigeria, girls are forced into an arranged marriage at young age without their concent, whereby they are expected to please and satisfy their husbands by bearing many childrens especially males and will be dis-owned if she refuses or opposed the idea. But in some case whereby the woman is unable to bear a child, she will be cast aside and replaced with another who can, leaving the woman utterlly heartbroken and feeling worthless.

Parents, especially fathers are often concerned about the continuation of their name, because in cases where a wealthy man dies his properties and assets are only shared among his male offsprings. The females are not recognized even in cases where there are no male child, which in the event where the wives or the children are not educated can cause the female both children and wives to be homeless and the child forced into a lovelless marriage, where they will be treated as garbage and mal-treated.

Recent studies has showed that the backwardness of female education in nigeria are mostly caused by the inability of the parents to fund the education due to financial problems. But thanks to the new system of Government which has enforced free education on primary and secondary schools on some areas enabling both male and females to attend a formal education. Females should not be denied the opportunity of education but should be considered as a positive step in building Nigeria as a nation.

NOLLYWOOD HIGHWAY Action and Romance

Nollywood, A very commendable franchise almost a comparison to hollywood, it is Nigeria’s pride and has been a lot of years. With a fantastic improvements over the years. I can honestly say that it’s a wonder how much nollywood industry has accomplished with the help of the great actors and actresses and let’s not forget the thoughtful scriptwriters, directors, producers and the rest of the crew.

Earlier i mentioned that nollywood’s almost a comparison to hollywood, well that might’ve been an understatement because judging from recent movies it seems that the industry is moving backwards instead of forward which is really disappointing.

It’s due to the low funding and money budget on movies which resulted to the unavailability and of needed technologies and equipments to facilitate the making of good movies with good special effects and illusions, so that limits the industry to some specific types of movies which are:-

=>Action
=>Romance and Drama
=>Thriller and Horror (basically witchcraft)
=>Tragedy and Comedy,

Now i’d like to go into a little detail about their qualities.

Action

Now i’ve seen a lot of movies in both Nollywood and Hollywood so when you compare these two in terms of the Actions movie, well if this was the plot in “sophies choice film” it would have been a shorter movie.

Nollywoods version of action movies are mainly based on Gunfights which are robbery,gangs and political disputes. In a sum up it’s just the same genre with different storylines, i think there is no doubt when i say that improvements are needed which require money and time, because currently movies are not on the Nigerias budgets, so i guess only time will tell if the action films made in the future will be something to write home about. Action which is a very important movie genre has been butchered by Nollywood.

Romance

Oh romance, now majority of nollywoods movies are based on this ‘romance’, this is so because like i mentioned earlier due to the low financial budgets being made to movies, the necessary equipments and technologies that could have helped increase the radius and range of movie genres were not acquired, so they were forced to make do with what they have.

So bringing us back to romance which is basically love stories made into movies, has taking a different turn in the nollywood industry, cause it seems as though they have run out of storylines, they were forced to improvise with the introduction of a hollywoods style of romance. Now, actors are been paid more to act romantic scenes that involves sexual acts. Due to the fact that it was newly introduced the acting became very poor and degrading. Why is it so? Is it because the actors are trying too hard or the directors are not doing a very good job, or maybe it is because of the fact that these scenes were introduced to mimick the hollywoods style of acting for the sole purpose of marketing movies, because it seems like the viewers taste in movies changes by the day, but these scenes are becoming a great challenge to the actors, well what career doesnt have challenges huh, so in the process of trying to keep up with the new this new style of acting, the acting are most of the time a bunch of awkward kissing and body groping.

Now i know i prefer my romantic movies with intense romance but even without these amateur sexual acting romantic movies can still be romantic, i mean take the mexican and philipines ‘telenovela’ for example even without these sexual scenes intense and in-depth romance can still be achieved. But maybe this how the viewers and fans prefer it, not me though i would rather i watched a boring documentary about meerkats than endure a whole 3hrs of awkward acting which involves subtle lines and very poor scenes.

Is this issue going to turn out or improve for the better, my only opinion is maybe if the directors and scriptwritters did better at their work we would have great movies, maybe even one to compare to titanic.

STATE OF SECONDARY EDUCATION IN NIGERIA

Presently in Nigeria, the lecture demonstration methods are frequently used in teaching mathematical sciences, base on these principles and theories and facts are memorized for examination purposes only. In view of the above, the students do not show adequate positive attitude to mathematical sciences. This is obvious from the low enrolment in the school certificate science discipline. Records show that out of the large number of students who enter for science based disciplines in WAEC, there is a great number of failures in mathematics science and percentage of students within WAEC grades 1 – VI is low. Oyedeji Noah Bisi (1986) at the 9th Convocation Ceremony of College of Education, llorine, argued that this is why the students’ intake, into the university that was formally dominated by Arts has now been reversed in favour of science students by the National University Commission, (NUC) which now stipulates the ratio of 60 : 40 for Science and Arts education respectively.

In spite of this increased ratio of students in terms of admission facility, not many students qualify to do mathematics science. Yet, Nigeria is struggling to be one of the technological and scientific advanced countries in the world. How can this struggle successful with the low intake in science? This will destroy our hopes to be among the scientific and technologically developed country in the world.

Something must be done to change this ugly situation and improve the size of science students intake before our educational system is shattered.