National Education: An Overview A nationsâ€™ growth depends on the growth of its people. The growth of people depends upon its living standards and its educational sector. This implies that the better the quality of life of people in a country, the better will be its productivity levels and its national income. The national income grows if the various sectors of the economy are doing well. This depends greatly on the quality of infrastructure available and the technological knowhow of the people.
It is said that if you want to feed a person for a day then give him food and if you want to feed him for life give him an education or skill. Therefore, if a country wants to progress and develop it is essential that it focuses on imparting good quality of national education. Education implies development of intellect and learning life skills to create new avenues of growth for oneself as well as for the nation. Developing the human resource of a country through providing them knowledge base with the technical skills leads to unprecedented growth in every sector of the economy. Thus providing quality national education to its citizens should be an issue of prime importance for any nation.
National education begins right from elementary education in school. The greater the number of dropouts from a school, the lesser is the productivity of the country. No wonder then, countries like India and Japan, where the standard of education is higher than that in the western countries, are able to make available the best brains in the world economy.
The yearning to read and get an education is very important on the part of an individual. If he gives up on these qualities, he is more likely to become a failure at acquiring a formal education in life. This jeopardises his future growth and
development thereby compromising upon national output. These dropouts are more likely to turn to crime and become a nuisance and a burden on the society for lack of national education. Every dropout from school connotes a dropout from society at large.
Attitude for success is very important in life. It leads to exploration of personal goals and their attainment. Beliefs are formed through education as well as life experiences. This attitude can be ingrained in the minds of children at an early stage of their education. This lays the groundwork for their success in future ahead. It tends to reflect in the advancements in technology, standard of living and general well being of a nation devoid of violence and crime. Thus acquiring knowledge is the golden key to ensure a better future for an individual and the nation. The Japanese are the most efficient workers in the whole world. Their standards of efficiency are difficult to match.
This is the result of incorporating national education on top of their development policies over the years. On the other hand, Nigerians lack in quality workers in many sectors. This is the long term effect of malnutrition amongst its people over the years.