Education Is The Key; But Now The Lock Has Been Changed [Entry 36]

This is a new catch phrase circulating most part of the country these days, especially among those in the tertiary institutions.

Since the turn of this century, the value placed on education in the country has being greatly reduced. Young people no longer exalt knowledge; rather they gratify physical and material wealth and go to any length to attain them.

The meteoritic rise in the numbers of so called “internet big boys” whose means livelihood remains a mystery has led to a decline in education-minded youths and an insatiable urge to get rich by all means possible. When you ask a guy around why he doesn’t come to classes or lectures again he’ll ask you “all those lecturers, how many cars do they have?” or “how many houses have they built”, thereby making excuses to play truant.

Some spend the little pocket money sent by their parents for monthly upkeep in bet houses, bet9ja kiosks, playing virtual soccer, shouting “one to ten, over 1.5”, “3-3 correct score” hoping to hit millions of naira and become millionaires overnight.

The availability of super speed internet connection and other technological inventions that saves time and carries out tasks at a fast pace for us has made patience less than a virtue these days. Patient people are seen as weaklings and tagged “Jewmen” by those who demand quick gratification. We all want to wear blings on our necks, iced watches on our wrists and pop bottles of Andre in Quilox but these should not take prominence over education.

Little wonder our nation is at the mercy of men who should be called ancient of days because the youths are busy chasing money instead of raising ideas to move our country forward.

Money and material wealth is relevant for living a happy and fulfilled life, but we should not sacrifice our future on the altar of immediate gratifications, pleasures and chasing money.

 

This article was written by Onyebuchi Precious Chukwuka; connect with him on IG here

 

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