By Austin Ogwuda
ASABAâ€”THE Deputy Governor of Delta State, Professor Amos Agbe Utuama (SAN), has called for better funding as well as re-introduction of cafeteria system in the universities as a way forward towards revamping the tertiary education in the country.
Utuama in a chat with newsmen in Asaba said there is need for â€œbetter funding of the universities, such that you have more class rooms, bigger libraries well stocked, more and improved hotel accommodations.
â€œCafeteria system to be introduced in the universities for good but affordable standard because you need good food to be able to read. Off course you need a lot of capacity. He noted that with the cafeteria in place, those daysÂ students ate three times daily.
â€œAll these are gone, cafeteria system is abolished, studentsâ€™ population is on the increase with very little corresponding increase in facilities or infrastructure.
â€œAnd off course the age of entering university now is more tender, there are much younger graduates. In those days at the time I entered University of Lagos, 1974, you could only enter University of Lagos with A Level.Â So the students were more matured.
â€œAlso the introduction of the unit course system. At our own time, what happens is this, you are examined at the end of the year, if you fail, you are made to repeat the class, if you fail one subject there is a reference for you”.
â€œBut right now what they have now is the unit course system. What happens now is that somebody could be in the final year and is carrying over courses in the first year, which kind of system is that. I think that systemÂ has not helped our university systemâ€, he said.