‘60% of Nige­rian un­der­grad­u­ate projects pla­gia­rised’

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Romoke W. Ah­mad, Ilorin

Aformer ex­ec­u­tive sec­re­tary of the Na­tional Uni­ver­si­ties Com­mis­sion, Pro­fes­sor Peter Oke­bukola, says over 60 per­cent of project re­ports of Nige­rian un­der­grad­u­ates are pla­gia­rised.

Speak­ing yes­ter­day at the first Kwara State Uni­ver­sity Ed­u­ca­tion Lec­ture, Oke­bukola said the rate of pla­gia­rism as a form of aca­demic cor­rup­tion at the Mas­ters level was be­tween 15 and 20 per­cent and eight per­cent at the PhD level.

"It's aca­demic cor­rup­tion when lec­tur­ers don't show up in classes as re­quired or teach only 10 sub­jects out of about 20 in a se­mes­ter, and when stu­dents ne­go­ti­ate with lec­tur­ers for marks", he said.

Oke­bukola said that solv­ing prob­lems in the ed­u­ca­tion sec­tor might be chal­leng­ing, but not im­pos­si­ble.

"Govern­ment must place high premium on ed­u­ca­tion by pro­vid­ing ad­e­quate fi­nan­cial re­sources for the sec­tor. Our in­sti­tu­tions of learn­ing must also look for in­no­va­tive ways to raise funds. The teach­ing pro­fes­sion must be con­sid­ered as one of the most im­por­tant jobs and ac­corded due re­gard. The Min­is­ter of Ed­u­ca­tion must ap­peal to state gov­er­nors to give spe­cial em­pha­sis to ad­dress­ing the prob­lem of low qual­ity of ba­sic ed­u­ca­tion. Also, there is the need for an en­abling en­vi­ron­ment to be cre­ated for teach­ers and stu­dents through im­proved con­di­tions of ser­vice, pro­vi­sion of ba­sic in­fra­struc­tures for the de­liv­ery of qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion.

He said Nige­rian uni­ver­si­ties were grossly un­der re­sourced in hu­man and phys­i­cal re­sources, call­ing for ad­e­quate fund­ing of pub­lic ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tions in the coun­try.

Oke­bukola also ap­pealed to the Aca­demic Staff Union of Uni­ver­si­ties to em­brace di­a­logue in re­solv­ing the on­go­ing strike.

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