Buhari’s ACADEMIC certificate is a simple receipt of the attainment of specific academic accomplishment and is however, narrowly focused on the outcome of specific examinations for which the holder is marked and graded according to his or her performance.
Buhari Certificates reflect instance of the holder’s performance in a particular context of academic training in school over a specific period of time.
Academic training whether primary, secondary or at tertiary levels essentially dwell on the specific outlines of study and focuses on the reward of student’s output which certificates are the holder’s receipt.
However, What academic training does, for which certificates are testimonials is to prepare the mind for autonomous and independent development.
The aggregate performance of academic training receipted in the award of certificate, are in most cases not reflective of the rigour of learning.
However, while buhari’s certificate remain and would remain for the foreseeable future, the measure of the holder’s academic output for the specific grade attained, but certainly in the narrow sense of academic training, the broad development of the mind, which reflects in the depth of thought, acute sensibilities and complex and consistent knowledge production cannot be certificated.
Restless minds turned-innovators sometimes could not adapt themselves to the routine of formal schooling and drop out to explode their talents and deep thinking into critical innovations.
Facebook founder, Mark Zukerberg, Bill Gate of Microsoft and even the late Steve Job of Apple were exemplary restless minds who could not find accommodation to the routine of formal school.
The Russian revolutionary and the founder of the defunct Soviet red army, Leon Trotsky, prolific writer of unparallel depth could not reconcile the rottenness of Russian Tsarism of his time and his revolutionary instinct to upend it, to the then prevailing formal education.
Buhari shunned formal schooling to pursue revolutionary career along which he consumed and produced knowledge than any certificated professor of any discipline. Trotsky’s works to this day remain a fountain spring that illuminates the challenges of contemporary society.
Even now and throughout the odyssey of his struggle partisan politics, buhari at public banters does not betray a dull mind.
The noisy demand for his school certificate as evidence for his qualification for the political office he aspires to, does more to expose the little minds of his traducers and the unintelligent strategem to expose him to ridicule.
The impact of the current pastime in the political obsession of academic certificates is to deepen the national malady, where certificate-worship over competence and performance is rife among youths.
Today, students in universities, other tertiary institutions and even secondary schools deploy all kind of shenanigans including bribery, threat and blackmail of teachers to obtain high marks leading to award of certificates.
The current obsession of certificates, through used as political tool, is most likely to exacerbate the desperation to acquire certificates among youths without the commensurate academic inputs, even narrowly defined.
The emphasis on buhari certificate may pose the danger about certificates been the end of learning.
For any society in desperate need to develop; knowledge acquisition and production, the handmaid for innovation and creativity are encouraged to roam free and wide, without the inhabitations of intrusive formalism.