Don de­cries learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment

Daily Trust - - EDUCATION - From Dele Ogun­yemi, Ibadan

The Di­rec­tor of Dis­tance Learn­ing Cen­tre, Univer­sity of Ibadan, Pro­fes­sor Bayo Oku­nade, has ex­pressed his dis­may over what he tagged as the un­friendly higher ed­u­ca­tion en­vi­ron­ment in Nigeria.

Pro­fes­sor Oku­nade, while speak­ing at the 3rd joint Ma­tric­u­la­tion of For­eign Links Cam­pus, Moro, Osun State, noted that ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem has been very un­fair to Nige­rian stu­dents, say­ing that most of them were liv­ing in a de­spi­ca­ble en­vi­ron­ment.

Oku­nade said: “Liv­ing in de­spi­ca­ble en­vi­ron­ment and lack of ba­sic ameni­ties such as wa­ter and elec­tric­ity, have con­trib­uted to the de­plorable sit­u­a­tion of ed­u­ca­tion in Nigeria.”

While com­ment­ing on the mass fail­ure of stu­dents in the last Joint Ad­mis­sions and Ma­tric­u­la­tion Board (JAMB) ex­am­i­na­tion, he lamented that Nige­rian stu­dents were not ex­posed to In­for­ma­tion and Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Tech­nol­ogy (ICT), say­ing that was re­spon­si­ble for their poor per­for­mance in the ex­am­i­na­tion.

He said that proper im­ple­men­ta­tion of poli­cies had been a ma­jor prob­lem in the na­tion “not only in ed­u­ca­tion, but also in health, trans­porta­tion and se­cu­rity sec­tors.”

Ac­cord­ing to him, if our politi­cians were more hu­mane and pub­lic ori­ented, Nigeria would have been a bet­ter na­tion for us all, say­ing that “ev­ery kobo mis­ap­pro­pri­ated trans­lates into de­nial of cer­tain nec­es­sary ba­sic amenity.”

The Pres­i­dent and Chair­man of the Gov­ern­ing Coun­cil, For­eign Links Cam­pus, Dr Fola Aki­nosun, said that “the school pro­vides op­por­tu­ni­ties to as­sist our teem­ing youths to have ac­cess to qual­i­ta­tive ed­u­ca­tion that would help in en­hanc­ing their ca­reer op­por­tu­ni­ties in life.”

He said 2, 500 stu­dents of the Col­leges of Ed­u­ca­tion and Health Tech­nol­ogy and the Univer­sity Ac­cess School were ma­tric­u­lated.

PHOTO: DELE OGUN­YEMI

Some ma­tric­u­lat­ing stu­dents at the third joint Ma­tric­u­la­tion cer­e­mony of For­eign Links Cam­pus, Moro, Ife North, in Ile-Ife, Osun State.

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