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Title:The right to education in an evolving democracy: the case of Nigeria
Author:Opadere, Olaolu S.
Periodical:East African Journal of Peace and Human Rights (ISSN 1021-8858)
Geographic term:Nigeria
compulsory education
educational policy
Abstract:This article explores and seeks to establish the pertinence and indispensability of free and compulsory formal education in an evolving democracy, using Nigeria as a case study. It endeavours to show that for any evolving democracy to thrive, education of the populace must be accorded pre-eminence, deserved attention, and commitment. Otherwise, such democracy would likely be infested with violence, terrorism, and other crimes, which eventually could lead to its defeat. The author recognizes that education is a major force in economic, intellectual, social and cultural empowerment. If the populace is not given the appropriate preparation to participate on an equal footing, the democratic experience is bound to be lopsided and may eventually collapse. Certain gaps in education policy remain: 1. non-justiciability of education; 2. elites' hijacking of education; 3. uncontrolled institutional proliferation; 4. poor language culture; 5. discriminatory certification. To this date free and compulsory education has remained a void phrase and will remain so until an equitable formula for its justiciability is worked out. The Commission, which has been established to that end in 1996, has failed to come up with such a formula until now. Notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract, edited]