ARE NIGERIANS IN AMERICA EDUCATIONALLY GOING BACKWARDS?
Nigerians in Nigeria do not celebrate high school graduation.
The optional school send-off party, marks the end of your sojourn in high school.
Welcome to America!
Nigerians in America celebrate high school graduations like weddings,
But not University graduations.
Could it be that many who graduate from high school,
Never make it through the university?
Or is it that a certificate, that guarantees you lifelong employment at a fast food joint,
The new educational standard for Nigerians in America?
Or is it a way of extorting money from other Nigerians?
Why an “open house” for your high school graduand?
In a house, sorry hall, instead of in your own house.
This glorification of a diploma that qualifies you,
For higher education should stop,
Or we lower expectations for our children.
Let sanity prevail,
A high school diploma does not call for celebrations but deliberations,
Soon a bachelor’s degree may become the new high school diploma.
Celebrations of high school graduations should be intimate family affairs.
And not festivities draped in buntings and balloons,
In a large hall, with live music or a DJ, and praise singers to boot.