By Felix Khanoba
Stakeholders in Nigeria’s education sector have proposed the review of the process of appointing Vice Chancellors (VCs), rectors and other principal officers of tertiary institutions of learning in the country.
At a roundtable organised by the Issachar-200 Centre for Research and Development in Abuja, they said that the time had come to review the process of recruiting tertiary schools’ principal officers to ensure that only multi-talented persons are hired.
Speaking on the theme: “Roadmap to National Reconstruction: Education as Key,” the Convener of Issachar-200 Centre for Research and Development, Dr. Ike Neliaku, expressed the commitment of the organisation to sustainable intervention through deploying well-informed solutions for improvement in the society, instead of engaging in protracted lamentations.
In a communiqué the stakeholders released after the programme, they insisted that the “process of hiring leadership in Nigerian tertiary education should be reviewed to make room for multi-talented administrators from within and outside the academic institute.”
He noted that the politicisation of education in Nigeria has led to promotion of mediocrity over excellence and merit, and stressed the need to create sustainable roadmaps for national reconstruction amidst the renewed national and global efforts to revitalise education’s promise.
Seasoned educationists including Dr. Gladys Makoju, Prof. Kate Nwufo, Dr. Okey Ikechukwu, Prof. Yakubu Aboki Ochefu, Mrs. Vivienne Bamgboye presented papers at the summit. They charged government at all levels to collaborate to provide free education from primary to tertiary levels.
They also recommended effective performance monitoring as well as urged leadership of the institutions to go after local and foreign research funds to boost 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.