Academy urges FG to re-evaluate, re-organise Nigeria’s university system

Global Scholarship Trust Academy has urged the Federal Government to re-evaluate and re-organise the university system in the country to make the institutions rank favourably among the world’s best.

The founder of the academy, Mr Adeniyi John made the call in Abuja during a Students’ Career Conference organised to educate and guide students in making future career choices.

“We are unbarring educational access for grassroots prosperity.

“We are in this environment to bring the young people together to tell them about their careers now and for the future.

“The educational curriculum needs to be reviewed because we are in the knowledge economy. What our children are learning can no longer sustain them after school.

“We need to rejig the system and bring in the right people to the right positions,’’ he said.

The founder of the academy also called for capacity building for university teachers and the funding of research in universities.

“We are doing our best to ensure that while still on campus our youth and students would become employable after they graduate.

“There is a need for capacity building for lecturers and teachers at all levels. You see our teachers moving to other countries to seek greener pastures.

“There is a need to fund research and establish research centres to support national development.

John said the conference was organised to expose the participants to the abundant scholarships available abroad.

“We have been able to interface with relevant government agencies such as the Nigerian Communications Commission, National Universities Commission, and the Federal Ministry of Education to improve the standard of education through the evaluation of our curriculum and ensuring that the quality assurance of our educational system is improved.

Speaking during the event, Victoria Nwaogu, Zonal Coordinator for Municipal Area Council, who represented the Director, Department of Mass Education, commended Global Scholarship Trust for the initiative.

Nwaogu said the conference was in line with the mandate and vision of mass education.

According to him, the FCT Department of Mass Education is involved in providing mass education for all with its Second-chance Education in the FCT.

The second chance education programme is focused on providing a safe space within the community environment where young women, girls and adult women alike could express themselves through creative activities.

They are also expected to develop basic literacy and numeracy skills using contextually-relevant materials.

Beyond the scope of the basic literacy and numeracy skills, the second chance education programme encompasses vocational skills, life skills, Socio-Emotional Learning (SEL), psychoeducation sessions on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights as well as sporting activities. (NAN)(www.nannews.ng)

Source: News Agency of Nigeria