Philosophical Assessment of Liberal Education and the Actualization of Free and Compulsory Basic Education in Nigeria

  • Joseph Maina Musa University of Jos, Nigeria.
  • Joshua Isa University of Jos, Nigeria.

Abstract

This paper philosophically assessed liberal education and the actualization of free education in Nigeria. Liberal education was conceived as free education from the Latin etymology, “liber” or "liberalis”. It is an education that broadens the learner’s knowledge for the purpose of liberating him from ignorance, illiteracy, indoctrination, dogmatism and poverty of knowledge. Besides the above, the issue of free and compulsory education in Nigeria was expounded in connection to the present Universal Basic Education (UBE) programme in Nigeria which has its roots from Universal Primary Education (UPE). To this end, references were made to the relevant sections of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, the National Policy on Education (NPE) as well as the Universal Basic Education Commission’s flagship programme document. It was discovered that the free and compulsory basic education at the moment has not been able to liberate young Nigerians from poverty of knowledge, dogmatism and indoctrination, considering the actualization of its objectives. Constraints to the actualization of free and compulsory education in Nigeria were identified as corruption, inadequate funding and ethno-religious and political crises among others. Recommendations were therefore made in respect to the constraints which include the call on government to sincerely intensify the fight against corruption, particularly in our educational system, priority should be given to proper funding of education through sufficient budgetary allocations among others. Finally, it was concluded that Nigeria was passing through the wind of change politically, socially and economically. Therefore we need a form of education that will liberate us from certain dogmas, illiteracy and indoctrinations as explicated in the paper.

Published
2018-02-05
How to Cite
MUSA, Joseph Maina; ISA, Joshua. Philosophical Assessment of Liberal Education and the Actualization of Free and Compulsory Basic Education in Nigeria. KIU Journal of Humanities, [S.l.], v. 2, n. 2 (B), p. 141-147, feb. 2018. ISSN 2522-2821. Available at: <https://ijhumas.com/ojs/index.php/kiuhums/article/view/166>. Date accessed: 27 jan. 2022.