24 Apr 2013

Regulation of private universities, Government contributions towards education, the death of JAMB-UTME and much more in today's news

Private Universities need more oversight?
Trending today, Medical and Dental Council to prosecute 20 fake Doctors, as well as suspending Igbinedion Varsity medical school's accreditation. Another private university is in the news as the daily post reports that Babcock University claims its school fees aren't outrageous. Meanwhile, UNILORIN registrar advocates that administrative cadre of tertiary institutions be made professional. Perhaps oversight by a professional body (as suggested by UNILORIN) will help in regulating practices at private institutions as well. Then again, isn't oversight of administrative practices a function of the Nigerian University Commission (NUC)?

The federal government and education policies
Speaking of NUC, their former scribe Okebukola blames sub-standard education on inconsistencies in
government policy and implementation deficiencies by administrators as the Nigerian Senate begins debate to rename UNILAG as Moshood Abiola UniversityNATE pleads with Federal Government to address BSc./HND disparity saying recommendations from stakeholders should be urgently implemented.

Punch has an article applauding Fashola for putting policies in place to ensure rehabilitation of various project schools in Lagos 

Death of JAMB still being highly debated
Awosika argues JAMB has lost relevance since universities started conducting post-UME exams saying "we have too many stumbling blocks instead of making access to university education broader". NANS has kicked against the planned scrapping of NECO and JAMB-UTME.

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