The Nigerian education system has remained in the doldrums since the pre-independence period. While the colonial administrations lopsided educational policy may be blamed for this, efforts at post-independence educational reforms did not seek to correct or change the fortunes of the system. The lethargic condition the system was thrown into during the colonial administration has continued through successful regimes and republics. Consequently, this has generated questions about its relevance. While the questions on relevance are valid, it should however be said that education has continued to serve its utilitarian purpose elsewhere in more progressive societies. These symptoms of decay are diagnosed in this paper, with a view to recommending measures that would enhance quality assurance in the education system.
KNOWLEDGE AND AWARENESS OF DIABETES MELLITUS: A CASE STUDY OF A LARGE PRIVATE UNIVERSITY IN BOTSWANA. (Published)
This study sought to evaluate awareness and knowledge of diabetes mellitus, an important global disease, among staff at a large private university in Botswana. Findings point to a general lack of awareness and knowledge about the disease among the university staff. Respondents consisted of 63% lecturing and 37% non-lecturing staff. The distribution by gender was roughly 50-50. Overall awareness of diabetes mellitus was 66% of respondents awareness being higher for females at (34%) compared to men’s 32%. Knowledge about the important risk factors for diabetes was low. Knowledge about the important symptoms of the disease was not impressive. This is an important factor in early diagnosis and onset of management. Lack of knowledge about curability of the disease was very high at 85% of respondents. Of the possible pathological effects of the disease, respondents seemed to be more aware of the development blindness than others. These statistics may be indicative of a more distributed problem in country given the fact that such results came from “enlightened” members of the community.