Academics Urge Buhari To Improve Nigeria’s Education Standard

Academics Urge Buhari To Improve Nigeria’s Education StandardThe Nigerian Academy of Education has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to critically look into Nigeria’s dwindling education system with a view to improving on its standards.

The agency identified the alleged fallen standard of education in Nigeria and Sub-Saharan Africa as being responsible for the under-development of the region.

This was the submission of participants at the 30th annual congress of the Nigerian Academy of Education held in Kaduna State, North-West Nigeria.

The Vice Chancellor of National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN), Professor Vincent Tenebe, said “without quality teachers, there is no future for Nigeria because teachers are the bedrock of any development in the society”.

According to him, education was the mother of all arts, maintaining that teachers today should be one of the well paid in the country because if they were paid well, they will produce the best.

The academic stressed that in situations where reverse was the case, it would amount to a case of garbage-in garbage-out.

The Guest Speaker, Professor Olugbemiro Jegede, decried that over 29 million primary school age children were not in school in Sub- Saharan Africa.

He identified some of the factors responsible for the low quality of education in Nigeria to include, depreciating quality of teachers, deficiency in research and capacity, inadequate teaching facilities and lack of regional quality assurance framework among others.

Professor Jegede called on President Buhari to appoint an educationist as Minister of Education.

The President of the academy, Professor Uduogie Ivowi, highlighted that there were strong recommendations that needed to be looked into to raise the falling standard of education in the country.

He observed that although there were several challenges confronting the sector ranging from lack of qualitative teachers to funding among others, if the facilities were provided, the standard of education would definitely improve.

Other participants at the event attributed the poor academic standard in public schools and lack of skilled teachers to poor funding of the education sector in the country.

No Discrimination For Admission Into Open University – VC

Noun_gnThe Vice Chancellor, National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN), Professor Vincent Tenebe, has assured Nigerians seeking admission into the university of express admission, insisting that no prospective student needs a godfather to secure admission into the institution.

Speaking at an interactive session with journalists in Kaduna, Professor Tenebe, added that NOUN has given every intending student liberty of registration without stringent measure since they are matured students with wealth of experiences in different fields of human endeavour.

He said the number of student enrolment continued to increase on daily basis with over 300,000 students currently studying at the Ivory Tower.

He however promised to hit an enrolment figure of 500, 000 ahead of the official target of 1.5 million students before he leaves office next year.

He also assured that the university has put in place measures to checkmate cyber fraud since major activities of the institution has to do with online,  adding  that  the measures would not be disclosed in the interest of safe guarding the university.

Open University VC Decries Poor Enrolment Of Northern Students

Vice chancellor of the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN), Professor Vincent Tenebe, has decried the low enrolment of students from the northern part of the country into the institution compared to their southern counterparts.

At a news conference in Kaduna, Professor Tenebe lamented that despite the flexibility in the admission process of the university, the northern region is yet to make use of the opportunity, adding that only a few number of students from states in the north are studying in the institution.

NYSC for NOUN Graduates

The Vice Chancellor also called for review of the law establishing the National Youth Service Corps(NYSC) to enable graduates from NOUN participate in the mandatory national youth service scheme since all its programmes are full time and accredited by the National Universities Commission(NUC).

He used the opportunity to authenticate the certificate of former President Olusegun Obasanjo, who graduated as a theological student from the university.

Professor Tenebe described the former president as a “very troublesome but brilliant student.”