THE Vice-Chancellor of Augustine University, Prof. Steve Afolami, has said there is no need to declare a state of emergency in private universities.
Afolami said this during the third matriculation ceremony of Augustine University for the 2017/2018 academic session, which held at Epe, Lagos State.
It will be recalled that the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, had announced the Federal Government’s plan to declare a state of emergency in the education sector by April 2018.
But Afolami said many private universities rejected the plan, explaining that they only need inclusion in government grants and scholarships.
He said, “Private universities do not need any emergency measure because a high standard is prescribed and enforced before approval.
“Regular monitoring to keep the standard high is also ensured by the school and other regulatory bodies in charge.
“However, an aspect of the emergency should involve the inclusion of private universities in the competitive scholarship and grant schemes of government as a way of increasing the attraction of students who hope to benefit from such competition.
This is because the students are Nigerians, their parents pay tax and they are being trained for Nigeria,” the don said.
A former VC of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Prof.Michael Faborode, also urged universities’ administrators to ensure that they contribute to educational development in Nigeria.
Faborode, who was a former Secretary-General, Association of Vice Chancellors of Nigerian Universities, said, “University governance requires bold and firm leadership, personified by a visionary VC who must be supported by all other functionaries towards achieving the institution’s vision, fulfilling her mission and ensuring her sustainability and relevance to humanity and local context.
“The overall success of the education sector should be the concern of all stakeholders, including students.” – Punch
– Mar. 20, 2018 @ 16:08 GMT |