Only 1,856 for­eign stu­dents in Nige­rian schools

The Punch - - EDUCATION - Olal­eye Aluko, Abuja

Acom­mit­tee set up by the Joint Ad­mis­sions and Ma­tric­u­la­tion Board on the in­ter­na­tion­al­i­sa­tion of ad­mis­sion has said that there are only 1,856 for­eign stu­dents among the 1,132,795 stun­dents in Nige­ria’s 194 ter­tiary in­sti­tu­tions cap­tured in a sur­vey.

The com­mit­tee added that there was an ur­gent need to re­view the ad­mis­sion process into the coun­try’s ter­tiary in­sti­tu­tions as Nige­ria scored low on the in­ter­na­tion­al­i­sa­tion index.

The com­mit­tee, headed by a for­mer Chair­man of the In­de­pen­dent Na­tional Elec­toral Com­mis­sion, Prof At­tahiru Jega, stated these in Abuja on Thurs­day at the sub­mis­sion of its re­port.

The re­port was pre­sented to the JAMB Reg­is­trar, Prof Is-haq Oloyede.

Jega rec­om­mended that the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment should put in more ef­forts to en­sure the safety and se­cu­rity of cit­i­zens and for­eign­ers in the coun­try.

He said, “In a sur­vey of Au­gust 2019 by this com­mit­tee on ter­tiary in­sti­tu­tions in Nige­ria, of the 194 in­sti­tu­tions that re­sponded, there were 1,856 for­eign stu­dents out of the to­tal 1,132,795 stu­dents.

“There were 437 for­eign aca­demic staff from a to­tal of 5,604 aca­demic staff in these in­sti­tu­tions. For­eign stu­dents make up 0.18 per cent in uni­ver­si­ties, 0.29 per cent in poly­tech­nics and 0.04 per cent in Col­leges of Ed­u­ca­tion. The per­cent­age of all for­eign stu­dents in Nige­ria’s ter­tiary ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem as of 2018/2019 ses­sion is 0.16 per cent.

“With re­gards to aca­demic staff, the per­cent­age of for­eign aca­demics in Nige­rian uni­ver­si­ties is 0.008 per cent, 1.64 per cent in poly­tech­nics and 0.18 per cent in Col­leges of Ed­u­ca­tion.

“This is an in­di­ca­tion that the teach­ing staff in ter­tiary ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem is largely dom­i­nated by Nige­rian aca­demics.”

Jega said that the essence of the re­port was to pro­pose ur­gent ac­tions to be taken by the coun­try’s ter­tiary in­sti­tu­tions to at­tract and re­tain both in­ter­na­tional stu­dents and aca­demics.

He, there­fore, called on JAMB to en­cour­age the in­ter­nal­i­sa­tion of ter­tiary in­sti­tu­tions by pro­mot­ing ad­mis­sion of for­eign stu­dents.

The JAMB reg­is­trar said the board would look into the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the doc­u­ment, say­ing the pol­icy on in­ter­nal­i­sa­tion of ad­mis­sion would be given the nec­es­sary con­sid­er­a­tion.

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