Insufficient funding and poor staff skills identified as the bane of the education sector in Nigeria

Hammed Shittu in Ilorin

Former Dean of Law School at Obafemi Awolowo University in Ile-Ife, Osun State, Professor Ademola Popoola, identified insufficient funding, insufficient research, staff skills, among others factors that undermine the Nigerian education system.

Popoola made the submission over the weekend while delivering a keynote speech at the Eighth and Ninth Combined Snacks at Kwara State University, Malete held at the Convocation Arena of the ‘institution.

He noted that academic institutions across the country were characterized by decrepit infrastructure.

“On the quality of education, the gap to achieve world-class status is narrower with a magnitude of -28% compared to the world-class UK university,” he added. “This discrepancy is largely due to inadequacies in the use of technology for teaching and learning; deficiencies in the use of modern teaching methods; inadequacies in the timeliness of taught content and reduced commitment to assume teaching and assessment responsibilities towards students.

Popoola added that the staff with skills in modern research methods “are few and the infrastructure for advanced research is weak”.

The speaker also mentioned that the COVID-19 pandemic, which has made the hybrid mode of online and classroom learning imperative, should be seen as an “eye opener” regarding the prospects for online learning, even in the face of online learning. under normal circumstances.

“The COVID-19 pandemic is not showing signs of an early exit. Our institutions at all levels will therefore have to continue to develop the means of dealing with the pandemic. For now, the hybrid mode of online and classroom learning will need to be stepped up. The open and distance learning mode also needs to be deepened, if only to broaden access to higher education. Popoola added.

According to him, Nigerian universities have failed to meet the requirements that will put them on the list of world university rankings because they do not have the attributes of world-class universities.

“A world-class university must also generate innovative ideas, produce abundant basic and applied research and produce ground-breaking research results recognized by its peers and prizes like the Nobel Prize,” Popoola added.

He therefore urged the country’s new graduates to continue to use their talents gathered in universities to transform the nation’s national development.

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