Dr. Frances Osamor, First Black Female PhD Holder in Computer Science and Engineering

Dr. Frances Osamor, First Black Female PhD Holder in Computer Science and Engineering, Champions Educational Reform in Nigeria

Educational Pioneer Decries Challenges in Nigeria’s Education System

Dr. Frances Osamor, the first Black female to earn a doctorate in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of the District of Columbia (UDC), has raised concerns about the daunting challenges facing Nigeria’s educational system.

In an interview, the Delta Igbo-born US-based professional shed light on the pressing issues confronting the country’s education sector.

“The Nigerian education system, like many others in Africa, faces numerous challenges. These include a shortage of qualified teachers, inadequate educational infrastructure, and a lack of learning and technological resources. However, I remain hopeful that with time, the education system in Nigeria will improve.”

Government Urged to Prioritize Funding and Basic Necessities

Dr. Osamor emphasized the need for the government at all levels to prioritize funding for education and ensure the provision of basic necessities such as electric power and water. She stated:

“To enhance the quality of tertiary education in Nigeria, several steps can be taken. The government should prioritize providing sufficient funding and ensuring basic necessities such as water and electricity are available. Additionally, addressing the issue of insecurity and improving infrastructure are crucial. Reducing unnecessary bureaucratic procedures and offering better economic and financial incentives to teachers and professors will also contribute to the improvement. Lastly, promoting transparency throughout the education system is essential.”

Brain Drain: A Detrimental Effect on Educational Quality

Addressing the wave of migration of professionals, especially academics, from the country to other nations, Dr. Osamor expressed concern over the potential detrimental effect of brain drain on the quality of education in Nigeria.

“I firmly believe that the majority of our professors are passionate about their profession. However, the potential mass departure of Nigerian professors from the country could have detrimental effects on the quality of education and exacerbate the shortage in tertiary institutions and the overall educational system. It is my sincere hope that the government will explore and provide viable alternatives that can discourage professors from leaving the country.”

Planned Assessment and Contributions to Educational Advancement

Dr. Osamor expressed her intention to conduct a thorough assessment during her visit to Nigeria, aiming to identify ways in which she can contribute to the advancement of the Nigerian educational system, particularly in the fields of computer science and engineering.

“In my own humble capacity, I plan to conduct a thorough assessment during my visit to Nigeria to identify ways in which I can contribute to the advancement of the Nigerian educational system, particularly in the fields of computer science and engineering. I am highly optimistic about the potential for significant improvements in the Nigerian educational system.”

Vision for Transforming Nigeria’s Education System

Drawing from her extensive experience and research in the United States, Dr. Osamor shared her vision for transforming the education system in Nigeria, with a goal of introducing successful educational practices from the US to ensure a comfortable learning environment for all citizens, especially Nigerian students.

“Drawing upon my experience and extensive research in the United States of America, I envision transforming the education system in Nigeria. If appointed as a leader in the field of education, my goal would be to introduce the successful educational practices from the United States to Nigeria, ensuring a comfortable learning environment for all citizens, especially Nigerian students.”

“Throughout my university journey, I had the privilege of interacting with professors from diverse backgrounds, conducting insightful interviews to understand the education sectors in their respective countries. This valuable knowledge has provided me with ideas on how to establish a thriving educational sector in Nigeria.”

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