What is the role of competition in education?

By John Dairo Oluwaseun. John is a student at Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Nigeria.

During my secondary school life, we were made to understand that life is a race. We need to run very well so that we won’t take the last position or get trampled, and that means that we need to be very competitive in everything we do, so that we can become an outstanding student amongst our friends or colleagues even outside our field of study.

Competition is like an anchor to education. It gives educated youth the required courage and skills they need to overcome and succeed in any challenges and competition they might encounter in the future, because life is full of problems, challenges and competitions; as you solve or finish one, another one arises. Education and competition work with each other: without education, there cannot be competition in that field, and without competition in education, education would be boring.

In fact, anyone that is said to be educated must surely be somewhat competitive, as that is one way to prove that he is educated. I can’t imagine, if there were no competition in education, how life would be for students? Competition is the act of testing the student on what is being taught; the outstanding students who understood what has been taught win the competition while others lose. It plays a major role in education: making students courageous enough to be able to face future challenges. For example, if a student is taught some certain topics in a subject for a year, the student might seem to have learnt it, but he might not understand what has been taught. It is only when they participate in a competition related to what has been taught that it is demonstrated whether or not he/she understood it. Competition develops and makes the student be more courageous in solving issues related to what they have been taught and even what they

were not taught. Competition brightens the brain of the student to research more and not to wait for the teacher before learning important things they need to know.

Moreover, competition performs a role in education on students by enlightening students what they have not been taught in class. For instance, I remember when I represented my school in a quiz competition; as the competition was going on, it got to a stage where I didn’t know the answer to the question asked because I was not taught in class. So when I got the answer wrong, I was corrected and that was how I grabbed and added to my knowledge. In short, competition plays a role of adding to the experience and knowledge gained by students in school. We should note that all cannot be learn in school, therefore competition also serves as an avenue for learning.

To round it up, competition plays a role in education of preparing and testing the students on what they were being educated on. It also makes the student know that the things they are being taught in class are not exaggerated, they are real, which means that competition makes students believe in education the more. We must understand that both education and competition work with each other; an educated graduate would give out his best if he is conversant with various competitions and has participated well in the competition.

The importance and role of competition in education cannot be overemphasized, so I am using this medium to let every student worldwide understand the role of competitions on their education and to always take every competition they have as an opportunity. They should not take every competition they have light-heartedly because it is part of their education.

Thanks to NUHA Foundation for organizing this contest so that every student can understand the role of competition in education and they will take it seriously. Thank you

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