AUTHOR: PROF. O.O. ANOWOR
AFFILIATION: ENUGU STATE UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY, ENUGU
Recently the Consultative Forum Gf Vice-Chancellors of South Eastern Universities in its brochure on its Annual Education Summit observed what it termed “the rapid erosion of educational values in the zone”. In more specific terms, the Forum further observed that “our youths now prefer to acquire wealth within the shortest possIble time rather than acquiring relevant education. Both teachers and students lack dedication and commitment to school work. Also there is poor public esteem for academics in comparison to those who have acquired material wealth’. The observed devaluation of educational values in the South Eastern zone of Nigeria is traceable to decline of interest in education among the inhabitants. Educational historians have it on record that soon after the introduction of formal education in Nigeria in the 19th century, the Igbos of Eastern Nigeria showed extra-ordinary enthusiasm and drive toward formal education.
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