Cameroonians in Benue State and the Overstretched Educational Facilities  

Cameroonians in Benue State and the Overstretched Educational Facilities: Bordered with Cameroon from the North, the numbers of Cameroonians in Benue State, Nigerian have swelled in numbers within a short period.

The lingering secessionist war between the English and French speaking Cameroonians has also doubled the Numbers of our visitors.

Makurdi, the Benue State Capital, is a home to thousands of fleeing Cameroonians, and the number is still counting even as the war in Cameroon intensified.  

Cameroonians in Benue state Nigeria enjoy what indigenes and citizens enjoyed, there is no discrimination or stigmatization of anyone here, it is very hard to differentiate Cameroonians from Nigerians as the resemblance closely match.

Cameroonians in Benue State

They can be found in all facets of our daily lives, from Health, Financial, Business and most importantly the Educational sector, which happens to be overstretched at the moment.

Cameroonians and Benue state Indigenes have overstretched the little infrastructure in the educational sector of the state, a sad reality calling for immediate attention from concerned individuals.

The Population of Cameroonians in Benue State is twice the populations of Hausas, Yorubas and Igbos; though there are no recorded statistics neither do government keeps records on foreign nationals in the state

What we do know is that, Cameroonians in Benue state don’t hide their identity and pride. They have their churches, Markets, Schools, and are basically in all local governments in Benue state.

Benue State- One of the Poorest States by GDP

Benue State is among the “non-performing states in Nigeria”, she heavily rely on Federal Allocation from the nation’s capital-Abuja

With A population of approximately close to Five million persons according to 2006 National Census, the state is said to be a poor state.

The educational institutions are facing a downturn, from the Primary to Secondary and to higher Institutions of learning, which are lagging behind in terms of basic Educational facilities needed to learning.

The Gross Domestic Product of Benue State is relatively small, internal Generated revenues are not enough to finance meaningful infrastructure. And corruption- a proverbial snake that isn’t going away any time soon batters the state.

In recent times, the state has borrowed close to 200,000 Billion Naira to finance Economic projects including the Educational, the money is unaccounted for, and there were basically no trace of the 200,000 billion naira borrowed fund in all facets of the state, not just the educational sector.

Perhaps, the money have been stolen, the perpetual state of fury and of the educational sector have caused wide range of Ignorance, Poverty and Crime within the youthful population

Overstretched Educational Institutions by Cameroonians in Benue State 

Apparently, the educational structures owned by the state and local government are fully stretched to capacity, and are lagging in basic facilities. A visit to any government owned schools in all the local governments of the state will give you first-hand information of the situation at hand.

Though one cannot conclude nor rule that, Cameroonians are to be blamed for the overstretched educational sector in Benue State, but we can convincingly say, the Cameroonian numbers have added weight to the already depressed sector, begging for argent attention.

State Owned Primary and Secondary Schools in Benue State  

Like birds on a tree branch, beaten by rain, dried by the scoring heat from the sun, flocked with the uneasy winter breeze.

The proverbial birds had no choice but to endure. They must feed, get acquainted with the reality of life, not to be left alone in the fast changing time of ours.  And the ideas that comes with it.

They met the worst scenarios while enduring the tree-branch method of leaning, not only are the branches cracked and weaken, but dangerous to carry their weights. The leaves wither away, yet still hope for better days ahead.    

Due to these conditions, the forest dressers cannot help them. They are stocked with poor dressing tools, their remunerations as forest dressers are poor. Their needs neglected. The proverbial birds are left at the mercy of haphazard conditions.  

The situation of primary and secondary education dominated by Cameroonians in some local government is likened to those proverbial birds.

Poor infrastructure, occasioned with unwilling staff, is bedeviling the system in rural area.  These scenarios have weakened a once vibrant system into a caricature or a banana system of Education.

Depressed Facilities at Schools

Depressed and dilapidating facilities and structures, have forced some of the school buildings, built four to five decades ago to be in bad shapes, and saw no renovation like their counter pack in the city.

In Some cases in areas close to the border with Cameroon, students receive lessons on the floor, a situation that should not be heard in this twenty first century.

Seemingly, most Schools are yet to be equipped with Library and Standard Laboratory, giving rise to poor products, a situation similar to academic disadvantage students.

Money budgeted for renovations and constructions are hardly felt in the rural areas. Perhaps, the Budget for education is grossly insufficient to cover government schools in affected areas.    

Failure to investment Human capital will spell doom to the entire state. The rise in terror (Terror in Cameroon and herdsmen violence min Benue State) related activities is partly connected to failure in the educational system in in rural areas

Inadequate Staffing and Unqualified Teachers

Large chunk of the problems lie in impacting knowledge. How lessons are delivered depend on staff strength, availability of qualified teachers and how the teachers are well catered for.

Rural schools are characterized by inadequate teachers; students don’t enjoy the privileged of having sufficient teachers. A teacher would take two or more subjects to augment the shortfall. Making teachers understaffed to carry on their respective duties as desired.

Nonetheless, teachers are poorly remunerated. Their take home pay cannot take them home any longer. A situation where salaries are owed, teachers become relax and reluctant in their duties. And the innocent kids bear the brunt. Contributing menace to the system

Unqualified teachers, an existing trend bedeviling the first two systems of education, since experts would not stay in rural area, and survive with poor take-home-pay, some schools are occupied with little qualified teachers.  

The pressure in the job market has made quacks compete for teaching positions in schools. The resultant effect is half backed products (students).  As evidenced by poor Waec, Neco and Utme examinations results.

State Owned Tertiary Schools in Benue State

Benue state higher intuitions like the University, Polytechniques and Collages of Education have handful presence of Cameroonians, though the state government has made significant improvement and progress in higher education

Standard and quality are issues yet to be addressed; these institutions at higher level are yet to see the 21st century style of education needed for growth and development.

Solutions to These Issues

Restricting the Cameroonians in participating in the educational sector in Benue state is an ill-conceive move. Its violet the international rules on Migration and Human Right Violation

Infrastructural deficit must be addressed, facilities to make learning easy must be provided, maintained and well-founded.

Teachers must be qualified; the education ministry must make policy to fetch only the best teacher.

The government should properly fund rural education, a portion of Companies Cooperate social Responsibility should go to Rural Education.

Private individuals should invest in rural education, building quality schools that are affordable to all should be a welcome idea. Well regulated and controlled by government

 

Cameroonians in Benue State and the Overstretched Educational Facilities

Bordered with Cameroon from the North, the numbers of Cameroonians in Benue State, Nigerian have swelled in numbers within a short period.

The lingering secessionist war between the English and French speaking Cameroonians has also doubled the Numbers of our visitors.

Makurdi, the Benue State Capital, is a home to thousands of fleeing Cameroonians, and the number is still counting even as the war in Cameroon intensified.  

Cameroonians in Benue state Nigeria enjoy what indigenes and citizens enjoyed, there is no discrimination or stigmatization of anyone here, it is very hard to differentiate Cameroonians from Nigerians as the resemblance closely match.

They can be found in all facets of our daily lives, from Health, Financial, Business and most importantly the Educational sector, which happens to be overstretched at the moment.

Cameroonians and Benue state Indigenes have overstretched the little infrastructure in the educational sector of the state, a sad reality calling for immediate attention from concerned individuals.

The Population of Cameroonians in Benue State is twice the populations of Hausas, Yorubas and Igbos; though there are no recorded statistics neither do government keeps records on foreign nationals in the state

What we do know is that, Cameroonians in Benue state don’t hide their identity and pride. They have their churches, Markets, Schools, and are basically in all local governments in Benue state.

Benue State- One of the Poorest States by GDP

Benue State is among the “non-performing states in Nigeria”, she heavily rely on Federal Allocation from the nation’s capital-Abuja

With A population of approximately close to Five million persons according to 2006 National Census, the state is said to be a poor state.

The educational institutions are facing a downturn, from the Primary to Secondary and to higher Institutions of learning, which are lagging behind in terms of basic Educational facilities needed to learning.

The Gross Domestic Product of Benue State is relatively small, internal Generated revenues are not enough to finance meaningful infrastructure. And corruption- a proverbial snake that isn’t going away any time soon batters the state.

In recent times, the state has borrowed close to 200,000 Billion Naira to finance Economic projects including the Educational, the money is unaccounted for, and there were basically no trace of the 200,000 billion naira borrowed fund in all facets of the state, not just the educational sector.

Perhaps, the money have been stolen, the perpetual state of fury and of the educational sector have caused wide range of Ignorance, Poverty and Crime within the youthful population

Overstretched Educational Institutions by Cameroonians in Benue State 

Apparently, the educational structures owned by the state and local government are fully stretched to capacity, and are lagging in basic facilities. A visit to any government owned schools in all the local governments of the state will give you first-hand information of the situation at hand.

Though one cannot conclude nor rule that, Cameroonians are to be blamed for the overstretched educational sector in Benue State, but we can convincingly say, the Cameroonian numbers have added weight to the already depressed sector, begging for argent attention. See https://myeduproject.com.ng/eight-8-facts-about-boarding-schools-in-rural-areas

 

State Owned Primary and Secondary Schools in Benue State

Like birds on a tree branch, beaten by rain, dried by the scoring heat from the sun, flocked with the uneasy winter breeze.

The proverbial birds had no choice but to endure. They must feed, get acquainted with the reality of life, not to be left alone in the fast changing time of ours.  And the ideas that comes with it.

They met the worst scenarios while enduring the tree-branch method of leaning, not only are the branches cracked and weaken, but dangerous to carry their weights. The leaves wither away, yet still hope for better days ahead.    

Due to these conditions, the forest dressers cannot help them. They are stocked with poor dressing tools, their remunerations as forest dressers are poor. Their needs neglected. The proverbial birds are left at the mercy of haphazard conditions.  

The situation of primary and secondary education dominated by Cameroonians in some local government is likened to those proverbial birds.

Poor infrastructure, occasioned with unwilling staff, is bedeviling the system in rural area.  These scenarios have weakened a once vibrant system into a caricature or a banana system of Education.

Depressed Facilities at Schools

Depressed and dilapidating facilities and structures, have forced some of the school buildings, built four to five decades ago to be in bad shapes, and saw no renovation like their counter pack in the city.

In Some cases in areas close to the border with Cameroon, students receive lessons on the floor, a situation that should not be heard in this twenty first century.

Seemingly, most Schools are yet to be equipped with Library and Standard Laboratory, giving rise to poor products, a situation similar to academic disadvantage students.

Money budgeted for renovations and constructions are hardly felt in the rural areas. Perhaps, the Budget for education is grossly insufficient to cover government schools in affected areas.    

Failure to investment Human capital will spell doom to the entire state. The rise in terror (Terror in Cameroon and herdsmen violence min Benue State) related activities is partly connected to failure in the educational system in in rural areas

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Inadequate Staffing and Unqualified Teachers

Large chunk of the problems lie in impacting knowledge. How lessons are delivered depend on staff strength, availability of qualified teachers and how the teachers are well catered for.

Rural schools are characterized by inadequate teachers; students don’t enjoy the privileged of having sufficient teachers. A teacher would take two or more subjects to augment the shortfall. Making teachers understaffed to carry on their respective duties as desired.

Poor remuneration

Nonetheless, teachers are poorly remunerated. Their take home pay cannot take them home any longer. A situation where salaries are owed, teachers become relax and reluctant in their duties. And the innocent kids bear the brunt. Contributing menace to the system

Unqualified teachers, an existing trend bedeviling the first two systems of education, since experts would not stay in rural area, and survive with poor take-home-pay, some schools are occupied with little qualified teachers.  

The pressure in the job market has made quacks compete for teaching positions in schools. The resultant effect is half backed products (students).  As evidenced by poor Waec, Neco and Utme examinations results.

State Owned Tertiary Schools in Benue State

Benue state higher intuitions like the University, Polytechniques and Collages of Education have handful presence of Cameroonians, though the state government has made significant improvement and progress in higher education

Standard and quality are issues yet to be addressed; these institutions at higher level are yet to see the 21st century style of education needed for growth and development.

Solutions to These Issues

Restricting the Cameroonians in participating in the educational sector in Benue state is an ill-conceive move. Its violet the international rules on Migration and Human Right Violation

Infrastructural deficit must be addressed, facilities to make learning easy must be provided, maintained and well-founded.

Teachers must be qualified; the education ministry must make policy to fetch only the best teacher.

The government should properly fund rural education, a portion of Companies Cooperate social Responsibility should go to Rural Education.

Private individuals should invest in rural education, building quality schools that are affordable to all should be a welcome idea. Well regulated and controlled by government

The future leaders of our very tomorrow are at risk, the society must act fast, quell issues relating to poor education at the rural areas

The future leaders of our very tomorrow are at risk, the society must act fast, quell issues relating to poor education at the rural areas

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