Lekan Oladipupo: Financial Aids And Educational Sustenance in Oyo State

The rate at which students further their education into higher institutions is on a tortoise run in Oyo town. Largely due to the level of upbringing of past generations and the low level of educational enlightenment, considerable number of parents believe Senior School Certificate is enough or should be the stopping point of schooling and as a result divert the attention of their wards to commercial activities. However, part of those who understand the benefits of having higher certificates are handicapped due to financial reasons. Considering the financial situation generally, some students opt to learn trades and start local businesses after leaving secondary schools while those who intend to struggle for funds while in school fail to live up to their academic expectations. Financial aid is therefore seen pertinent.

Observations and surveys have shown that most developed and some developing countries engage in scholarships and grants from time to time for their students. This is equivalent to paying students salaries. Nigeria is a developing country and so are the states and towns in it, if others can practice this, so could we.

Nationally, statistics have shown a higher percentage of bursaries and scholarships established by private bodies compared to the ones sponsored by the federal and state governments. Financial aids given by notable groups such as Mobil, Chevron, and all other affluent dignitaries are much more that what the government does. If students all over then apply for these aids, there is still a huge number left in financial destitution. Hence, the need for state governments to provide bursaries for indigenous associations.

Constitutionally, every indigenous student in a town is a member of the towns students association and thus, qualified to receive grants, scholarships, or bursaries. However, failure to receive help in time of trouble is a huge blow that could leave the victim knocked out.

It should be established that many indigenous parents in the town are petty traders who live on the level of subsistence (they dwell on daily trades) or on seasonal profits which can be unhelpful and detrimental in emergencies (for the student). The only hope is the government for a bail-out.

As already been said, apart from those who are uninterested, those who intend to further their education into higher institutions but are financially incapable should not be left to roam the streets. By helping these students, there is hope for a town where the 'school-able' citizens would largely if not all, be educated. Knowing that education is a means to an end: by sponsoring students, there is the availability of more than enough doctors, urban planners, lawyers, inventors, technologists and professions that are capable of making the town into a developed one.

In short, the state government of Oyo and other political office holders in Oyo town as included can help promote educational thrive in secondary schools leavers by making available financial aids and ensuring all members of the students indigenous association benefit from it. There are countless positive results this would yield; our educational system would improve, concentration of students on their studies, attitudes of 'give-back-to-the-society' would surely generate among beneficiaries, general increase in level of development, and a host of others.

The government is required to help the futures of students, having it in mind that those uneducated or undereducated or drop-outs due to financial incapacity are among those who later grow up to be lazy and want everything for free.

Oladipupo Olamilekan Damilare (Machiavelli)
A Final Year Student of the Department of Politics and International Relations,
Lead City University.

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