– Former NUC secretary, Professor Peter Okebukola, lamented the poor level of education in Nigeria
– In what he termed academic corruption, Okebukola said over 60% of project reports of Nigerian undergraduates are plagiarized
– He also condemned poor funding of the universities and lecturers’ deficiencies
Former executive secretary of the National Universities Commission (NUC), Professor Peter Okebukola, has expressed worry over the high level of corruption reportedly going on in the academic sector in the country.
Okebukola raised an alarm that over 60% of project reports of Nigeria undergraduates are plagiarized.
Nigerian Tribune reports that the university don said this at the first Kwara State University (KWASU) Education Lecture at Malete on Thursday, November 8.
He said that the rate of plagiarism as a form of academic corruption at the Masters level is between 15 and 20% and eight percent at the PhD level in the nation’s tertiary institutions.
“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.
On the topic of the lecture, Declaration of state of emergency in education in Nigeria: The day after, Professor Okebukola said that solving problems in the education sector might be challenging, but not impossible.
“Government must place a 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.
“It is not in doubt that in the next six months or so, attention will turn more to the election process and less on the emergency that has been declared on education. The closing prayer of this lecture is that when the hurly-burly of elections are over in May 2019, the priority for government should be in implementing the road map on rescuing the education sector from the emergency situation,” he said.
Okebukola further lamented that Nigerian universities are grossly under-resourced in human and physical resources, called for adequate funding of public educational institutions in the country.
He frowned at the activities of some state governments in the country, who he said were quick in establishing state universities but very slow in funding the institutions.
Stating that inadequate funding of education at state universities had led to non-accreditation of courses and low standard, the educationist charged state governments to stop asking the management of state universities to fend for themselves.
“Yet, these state universities admit an incredible number of students above infrastructure put in place. What they are doing is literally selling certificates to gullible graduates and bleeding Nigeria education system,” he said.
Meanwhile, as the strike action embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) continues, academic activities at the University of Benin (UNIBEN) in the Edo state capital have been paralysed.
Journalists who monitored the compliance level and the effect of the strike on lecturers and students in Benin on Wednesday, November 7, observed that the institution was unusually empty, as only a few persons were around the campus.
Legit.ng gathers that the institution’s ASUU chairman, Professor Julius Iyasele, said government’s insensitivity to the plight of Nigerians and public tertiary institutions in the country prompted the strike.
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