- Chancellor of Nasarawa state university, Shehu Chindo Yamusa III, has attributed fallen standard of university education in Nigeria to lecturers' lack of commitment to teach
- The monarch said that about 80 percent of university lecturers are quacks
- Chindo, however, advised that some lecturers should enroll for training in education in order to become more productive
Unless something drastic is urgently done, the standard of education in Nigeria would continue to dwindle because about 80% of Nigerian university lecturers are quacks and lack the skills and method to be in the classroom, according to the emir of Keffi and chancellor of Nasarawa state university, Shehu Chindo Yamusa III.
The Nation reports that Yamusa said this while speaking at the second stakeholders’ meeting of university in Keffi.
Legit.ng gathered that the monarch advised the management of various Nigeria universities to ensure that those to be employed as lecturers have the minimum required certificate in education or related programmes approved by teachers registration council or national teachers institute.
The chancellor said those already in the system and have no training or qualification in education should go back to classroom in order to become more productive.
He said: “It is evident that 80% of lecturers are not professionals but only those in the faculty of education and few ones that have PGDE in other faculties are qualify to teach.
“Some universities have started full implementation of “MUST HAVE” PGDE before employ as lecturers and where a lecturer does not have, he/she is recommended to faculty of education for one or two years programmes, after which he/she is engaged in the field of facilitations.”
The monarch, who was a university lecturer before ascending to his ancestral throne as emir of Keffi, tongue-lashed management of Nasarawa state university for promoting sentiments responsible for the fallen standard of university education system.
He, however, blamed lack of adherence to due process and rule of law as factor militating against the growth of the university in all aspects.
“It is sad that meritocracy doctrine has been jettison in the university administration. However, not to long ago many lecturers were recruited based on favouritism, politics and primordial mundane sentiments and that added degradation to the realization of intended objectives,” he said.
Speaking at the meeting, the vice chancellor of the institution, Suleiman-Bala Mohammed, who corroborated Chindo's views said he would fight unethical conducts and introduce whistle blowing policy to expose lecturers engaged in fraudulent activities in the system.
Mohammed said drift towards impunity, dilapidated infrastructure, inadequate facilities, agitation for compensation of university land, inadequate funding were some of the factors confronting the University’s growth.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) on Monday, September 9, called on the federal government to declare a state of emergency on Nigeria's education system.
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