NUC lists problems facing University education in Nigeria

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The National Universities Commission, NUC, has listed the problems confronting the citadel of learning in Nigeria among which is inadequate lecturers.

NUC made this known via its latest bulletin.

In it, the commission stated that 100,000 academic staff members were attending to 2.1 million students in Nigerian universities in a statement credited to its Deputy Executive Secretary, Administration, Mr Chris Maiyaki.

Maiyaki’s word, “The entire system has about 2.1 million students and staff strength of about 170,000 non-teaching and 100,000 academic staff.

“Some of the problems facing the system include increased running cost, meagre budgetary allocations, issue of power shortages and shortages of manpower.

“There is a need for universities to be isolated from the Federal Government’s circular on embargo on new employment because of the peculiarity and distinctive nature of the universities in order for them to keep up the pace in attaining comparable standards with their counterparts globally.

“We also have incessant interference in the NUC’s functions by some professional bodies and associations, which have continued to issue needless instructions to universities.

 “Other challenges in the Nigerian university system include the issue of digital response to COVID-19 lockdown.”

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