It was with great joy on that faithful day that my Mum presented the letter of acceptance from a famous private University to me. I had tried so hard the previous year to secure an admission into one of the foremost Federal Universities in Nigeria but (the politics no be here oh…..).
I still remember vividly a few months before that time, a friend (of blessed memory) called to ‘gist’ me about this private University that everyone was talking about and for the lack of what to do, we went bought forms and sat for the entrance exam.
Fast-forward to this faithful hot afternoon somewhere in the North-Central part of Nigeria, my Mum is dancing with that letter (yes, the one I mentioned earlier..) with sincere gratitude to God. Although I wasn’t too thrilled about the idea of going to a glorified secondary school; her high altitude praise and thanksgiving was not strange to me because in Nigeria and other parts of the world, the acceptance of a child into the University calls for a whole celebrations.
Once the news of an acceptance lands, the obviously proud parents immediately begin to put calls across to friends and families just to ‘humbly’ with a lot of pride relay the piece. And of course the reaction most times is that of instant screams and shouts of gratitude to God for counting the child to be among the fortunate to secure an admission (except the bad-belle people sha).
Looking back to that time and even to the present time, I sincerely believe that the reason so much importance is placed on tertiary formal education is that, to an ‘extent’ (don’t crucify the messenger), it guarantees or gives an assurance of a good life. THEREFORE….
Good day panel of Judges, accurate time-keepers, interested and equally aggressive debaters and my fellow audience; I am Omosetan Omolole from Iroko Grammar School and I am here to firmly support the notion above that Formal Education is the Highway and the Pathway to a Good Life.
In those days when our fathers went to school, the conclusion of a University education meant an instant and standard Government job with an official car attached, a good husband or wife from the village and travelling allowance to boot. Even today, we see graduates of Universities across the world with good jobs, riding good cars and living comfortable lives. I believe that the possession of a University degree opens you up to abundant opportunities of living a good life. With this point of mine, I believe I have been able to convince you and not confuse you that tertiary education is the way to go.
Now ladies and gentlemen of the audience, I have just given a very biased view of the benefits of a formal tertiary education which I know has left a few with questions, affirming and opposing points. The part two of this debate therefore is to open the floor to fellow debaters with either supporting or opposing notions with experience to boot.
I am excitedly waiting to read the responses..
By Anijesusola Ajayi