By Dayo Johnson
AKURE—AN appealed has gone to the Federal Government to give grant-in-aids to private universities in a bid to provide good education for the Nigerian youths.
The President of Christ Apostolic Church, CAC, Pastor Elijah Olusheye made the appeal at the first graduation of Joseph Ayo Babalola University, JABU, Ikeji-Arakeji, Osun State.
This according to Pastor Olusheye who is the Chairman of the Board of Trustee of the Institution would be in the interest of the country and numerous admission seekers if the Federal Government reverts to the practice of colonial days when grant-in-aids were given to faith- based institutions.
He pointed out that the financial aids would enable the private universities to live up to their expectation of providing affordable and good education to citizens.
Also, the Pro-Chancellor of the University, Prof Ada Malomo Imevbore canvassed the revamping of education at all levels particularly at the primary and secondary school in the country.
Imevbore called for the introduction of accreditation in primary and secondary schools by a body similar to National University Commission (NUC) as parts of efforts at raising standards at the schools.
The Pro-Chancellor who was conferred with honorary doctorate degree in Environment said a visit to some of the nation’s primary and secondary schools reveals very poor staffing, infrastructure and standard.
According to him “The pay is ridiculously low without consideration for the minimum wage. What quality teaching does one expect from a WASC certificated teacher on monthly salary of N3, 500.00 for teaching seven subjects in a day at both primary and secondary levels? Some of the teachers cannot explain what they teach.
“The classroom situation is not conducive for learning. Hence, there is no comfort for the teacher and the learner. Proprietors are concerned with financial gain. For this reason, accreditation of schools at primary and secondary levels as is done for universities should be introduced.”
Imevbore said many private universities were not able to meet their admission quota because many admission seekers were not qualified for admission into universities.
The Vice Chancellor Prof Christopher Oshun said the university was able to graduate 181 students out of which eleven came out with first class degrees.
Prof. Osun said that these students would be retained in the institution as graduate assistants.
He pointed out that of the 19 programmes of the institution the NUC gave seven full accreditations, 12 interim accreditations while two courses were denied accreditations indicating that the institution recorded 90.5 percent success.
He lauded the Chancellor Oba Oladedle Olashore, the Ajagbusi Ekun and Owaloko of Iloko Ijesa for the completion of the auditorium he constructed for the University.