The Vice Chancellor of Salem University in Lokoja, Kogi State, Prof. Alewo Johnson-Akubo, declared Nigeria’s education system to be in a coma on Saturday.
He bemoaned the country’s funding policies for the education sector.
The Vice-Chancellor emphasized how seriously public institutions, both primary and secondary, have been impacted by the unfavorable attitude of Nigerian politicians toward education.
Akubo emphasized the degeneration of tertiary institutions’ infrastructure further and asserted that the universities’ curricula have not changed since independence.
He pointed out that several countries regularly reviewed their curricula to reflect the zeitgeist and produce more qualified graduates.
The professor also argued in favor of significant funding for university-level research, emphasizing that it is one of the three pillars of higher education.
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The vice chancellor of Salem University claimed that his institution is experiencing a healthy academic year free of cults and strikes, but he claimed that difficulties resulting from the lecturers’ strike at universities, colleges of education, polytechnics, and monotechnics have prevented the consolidation of research-based education’s successes.
The vice-chancellor, a professor of sociology, stated that a concerted effort by the stakeholders was required to reverse the socioeconomic and technological growth of the nation.
The speaker asserted that it was impossible to keep doing the same thing and expecting a different outcome.