A Professor of Philosophy, Godwin Sogolo, has said that the education sector in Nigeria needs a re-orientation.
According to him, many of the courses taught in Nigerian institutions only equip students with technical skills but lack the moral education that is required for the society to thrive.
Mr Sogolo said this during an interview on Channels TV’s Sunrise Daily.
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He believes more attention should be paid to such courses in order to help in developing the minds and characters of young graduates.
“We need an orientation in education, the education that merely impacts skills and techniques into students and then they graduate with these techniques, it’s not sufficient.
“Today, the rush is for courses that have technical skills such as technology, medicine, law and journalism. But there are disciplines like philosophy, moral education that are made to train the human mind,” he said.
“There needs to be a reorientation…how many students study philosophy in this country.
“The University of Ibadan, which is the premiere university was established in 1948 and it did not start the teaching of philosophy until 1973.
“In most of the north until recently, there was no university in the northern part of this country had a philosophy department.
“This is the kind of thing I’m trying to say.
“Think about those disciplines that humanise and teach the individual the art of being human, it is important because no matter what skills you have, until you begin to behave like a human, you are not a human and so, society cannot survive without that aspect of education”.