Former Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission, Prof. Peter Okebukola, said that the standard of the nation’s education system was not falling but is rather enhanced daily by the Commission.
Okebukola made the assertion while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria on the sidelines of the Eighth Convocation and honorary award of doctorate degree of Caleb University, Imota, Lagos.
He said the current NUC Executive Secretary, Prof. Abubakar Rasheed, was on a revatilisation mission to improve quality in the university system and enhance standards.
Okebukola said “if it is expected to be a four-year programme but there is a strike in-between, the lecturer after resumption, may decide that a 13-week semester be held in three weeks”.
“So, the content of the standards are not yet covered for the graduates.
“For our private universities, it is a lot better due to their stable academic calendar, better student teacher ratio and stiffer staff discipline unlike the public universities,” he said.
Okebukola said there were islands of examples where the private universities were doing better in terms of production of quality graduates than the public universities.
He, however, noted that the proportion of more experienced Professors in the public university compared to the private university was relatively higher”.
According to him, the Professors are usually ready to teach the students and train them to be more better graduates, regardless of all the constraints.
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