DAUD OLATUNJI, ABEOKUTA
The Vice-Chancellor, University of Education,Winneba, Ghana, Professor Akwasi Asabere-Ameyaw has disclosed that wrong assessment was one of the reasons why none of the universities on the African continent could make the recent 500 ranking in the world.
Ameyaw who delivered a distinguished lecture organised by TASUED National Alumni Association in Ijebu-Ode, said; “It is very alarming that no African university is ranked among the best 500 universities in the world.”
According to him; “They go to the web site and look at what is there. The process is not the best, I am not saying I am against it, it is not the best.
“The good thing about it is that we know where we are. Since we know where weare, can’t we move out of that? Someone was talking about proliferation of programmes, why concentrate all efforts on that.”
“Universities are universities, you want to admit and so they are measured by certain standards. Yes, they know the standards they use.
“I agree that the standards are low because they have set thosestandards. But if what you are doing would pull our children out of the streets, would make them functional wherever they find themselves,let us set up our own criteria, our own standards and assess ourselves.
“Now, when they assess, what are they even assessing: they use your website, they don’t come to see what you are doing. In my university, they are saying that in Ghana, we are third, we are behind Kien University.
“But I’m not too happy. Why? Because they used the website. They should have come to see what we are doing in Winneba against what Cape Coast is doing, for them to tell me that we have performed better than Cape Coast. So, what they are saying is according to their own criteria.”
He, however, urged African governments to adequately fund universities, adding that, “yes, if we want to get to their standard, our governments will need to pump more money into the universities to set up those equipment.
“But by our standards, let us ensure that we do that which would benefit our people. We are not training people for Europe, we are not training anyone for America, let us train our people to solve our problems; there are myriad problems in Africa that we can address.
“By ranking, we are nowhere but don’t get disturbed, it has been so and would remain so for quite a long time. We will get there; it’s because of globalization. If they were cut off from us and you couldn’t get to them, they have no business assessing us.
“TASUED is the first university of education in Nigeria, why can’t we put all that is needed to train people to be good teachers in here so that probably, we become trainers. That is the way out. But if we continue to spread wide, you always spread when we don’t have the resources.”
In his remarks, the national president of the alumni association, Tajudeen Uthman insisted that specialised university of education is the only solution to the problem facing the sector.