ED­U­CA­TION NUC has no data on univer­sity stu­dents size – Sec­re­tary

Daily Trust - - DIGEST - By Chidimma C. Okeke

The Ex­ec­u­tive Sec­re­tary of the Na­tional Uni­ver­si­ties Com­mis­sion (NUC), Pro­fes­sor Abubakar Rasheed, has said that most uni­ver­si­ties have no ac­cu­rate and re­li­able data.

Prof. Rasheed, who stated this at a meet­ing with di­rec­tors of aca­demic plan­ning of uni­ver­si­ties in Abuja, said Nigeria was los­ing a lot be­cause of lack of data.

He said, “I came back from China two days ago, where it was very em­bar­rass­ing as I, the Ex­ec­u­tive Sec­re­tary of NUC, could not tell them ex­actly how many stu­dents there are in Nige­rian uni­ver­si­ties.”

He said a num­ber of or­gan­i­sa­tions would sup­port ef­forts to re­form univer­sity ed­u­ca­tion in the coun­try but couldn’t do so due to non­avail­abil­ity of data.

He said, “Many or­gan­i­sa­tions want to come and in­ter­vene in our ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem but due to lack of data, they moved to other coun­tries like Ghana where they have in­for­ma­tion.

“We need to know how many stu­dents there are, how many grad­u­ated, how many are first year stu­dents, how many are male and fe­male, how many stu­dents come from pub­lic and pri­vate uni­ver­si­ties and how many in dif­fer­ent dis­ci­plines,” Prof. Rasheed stated.

He said oth­ers in­cluded how many stu­dents were for­eign­ers; how many in post grad­u­ates pro­grammes and the dis­tri­bu­tion ac­cord­ing to dif­fer­ent states and lo­cal gov­ern­ments.

He said di­rec­tors of aca­demic plan­ning should ob­tain rel­e­vant data in their re­spec­tive uni­ver­si­ties and make them avail­able when­ever nec­es­sary.

He urged the di­rec­tors to list the most im­por­tant data, work on them and send same to the com­mis­sion, not­ing that should they fail to have all the nec­es­sary data, they would lose their power base in their uni­ver­si­ties.

He said the NUC has re­solved to start an an­nual data di­gest pub­li­ca­tion on uni­ver­si­ties.

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