By Felix Khanoba
Stakeholders in the nation’s education sector have called for the review of the process of appointing Vice Chancellors (VCs), rectors and other principal officers of tertiary education institutions in the country.
This was made known at a Roundtable organised by the Issachar-200 Center for Research and Development, which took place in Abuja from 24 to 25 January, 2018.
According to a communiqué made available to The AUTHORITY after the two-day event, the stakeholders harped on the need to review the process of recruiting tertiary institutions’ principal officers to ensure only multi-talented persons are hired.
“The process of hiring leadership in Nigeria tertiary education should be reviewed to make room for multi-talented administrators from within and outside the academic institute,” parts of the communiqué stated.
Speaking on the theme, “Roadmap to National Reconstruction: Education as Key,” the Convener of Issachar-200 Center for Research and Development, Dr. Ike Neliaku, expressed the commitment of the Center to sustainable intervention through deploying well-informed solutions for improvement in society, instead of engaging in protracted lamentations.
He noted that politicization of education in Nigeria has led to promotion of mediocrity over excellence and merit, even as he stressed the need to create sustainable roadmaps for national reconstruction amidst the renewed national and global efforts to revitalize education’s promise.
The roundtable, which witnessed presentation of seven papers by seasoned educationists like Dr. Gladys Makoju, Prof. Kate Nwufo, Dr. Okey Ikechukwu, Prof. Yakubu Aboki Ochefu, Mrs. Vivienne Bamgboye, among others, also called on government to provide free education from primary to tertiary level.
It further recommended effective performance monitoring, just as it urged leadership of tertiary institutions to go after available local and foreign research funds to increase education funding.
“Nigeria should consider the Finland and Indian models of education reconstruction. In the case of Finland, they were able to transform their education in 25 years and it has now become the best educational model in the world.
“JAMB should be an agency to regulate admission not through examination. Private school providers should be seen as partners in education development in Nigeria,” the communiqué added.