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FG stands to give Universities full autonomy

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By Okunloye Abiodun

A more efficient system will provide access to better quality education.

By giving universities the freedom to look into new sources of income for their operations, the federal government has demonstrated its commitment to finding ways to finance tertiary education. Prof. Tahir Mamman, Nigerian Minister of Education, announced this Monday in Abuja at the opening of the 2021/2022 Nigeria Annual Education Conference (NAEC), with the theme “Implementation of Education 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in Nigeria.” The Federal Ministry of Education, in conjunction with its development partners and other stakeholders, came up with the idea of holding an Education Conference to recommit the country to its goal of expanding its population’s access to a better quality education provided by a more efficient system.

The Minister of Education issued a call to action to all of the stakeholders in the education sector, urging them to collaborate with the ministry to explore creative alternatives for enhanced funding and to ensure accessible, equitable, high-quality education as well as possibilities for a lifetime. He also decried the continued assaults on educational institutions across the nation, bringing up the recent brutal killing of a female nursing student at the Federal University of Oye-Ekiti (FUOYE), named Miss Atanda Modupe Deborah, and expressing his regret over the incident.

Stakeholders in the education sector should collaborate.

Mamman praised the conference’s organisers for their foresight, saying that the conference’s central theme reflects President Bola Tinubu’s goal of expanding access to vocational and technical education for the countless number of young people who graduate from primary and secondary school each year but struggle to gain entry to institutions of higher learning or gain employment. He stated that, as everyone is aware, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has openly expressed his commitment to reorganising the educational system as a matter of priority.

Therefore, it is essential that the ministry and all of the players in the education system collaborate to make this vision a reality as quickly as possible. The time for making lengthy proclamations is past; from now on, they will have to do the work. This conference also gives him the opportunity to meet the attendants, the pillars of the Nigerian education system, and for them to reaffirm their commitment to making substantial changes in the education sector for the benefit of young people, adults, and the entire society.

Much effort must be channelled to achieve the SDGs.

Their prompt response to attend the event reflects the value they place on the sector’s continued expansion in Nigeria. Their participation in this area is much valued. Until the nation achieves all of the goals outlined in the Sustainable Development Goals for 2030 and beyond, including the education-related indicators and targets outlined in the African Union’s Agenda 2060, this conference’s theme will remain timely and important. Nigeria, as a signatory to the SDG 2030 and the AU Agenda 2060, is responsible for showing that it is committed to reaching these goals by taking the lead and owning the implementation process.

One of the areas that makes sure that the nation’s planning and budgeting are done within the parameters of the SDGs is the Education sector. He is also relieved that the technical sessions will focus on pressing and timely issues in Nigerian educational sector. President Tinubu’s goals for the education sector may be found in the forthcoming discussions on tertiary education in Nigeria. These discussions will centre on growing concepts such as university autonomy and the Students Loans Fund, as well as education financial matters.

Leverage will be given to several underprivileged youths.

On the other hand, he iterated that their discussions on improving entrepreneurial abilities, as well as the implementation of technical and vocational education in Nigerian schools, are directly linked to the president’s aim of strengthening vocational and technical education in the country. This will also provide a means of accepting the millions of young people who graduate from primary and secondary schools each year but are unable to easily gain entrance to universities or other tertiary institutions or find employment.

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2 months ago

FG stands to give Universities full autonomy. A more efficient system will provide access to better quality education.Express your point of view.

2 months ago

The Minister of Education just recently issued a call to all of the stakeholders in the education sector, urging them to collaborate with the ministry to explore creative alternatives for enhanced funding and to ensure accessible, equitable, high-quality education as well as possibilities for a lifetime. This is in line with the present government administration’s policy on education and is being implemented right before us. I urge all that are keenly involved in the sector to collaborate to make it worthwhile

2 months ago

The FG supports granting universities total autonomy. – A more efficient system will make access to higher-quality education possible.collaborate with the ministry to look into creative ways for greater support and to provide access to a quality, inexpensive education.

2 months ago

Granting universities full autonomy has the potential to revolutionize the education system in Nigeria. With increased autonomy, universities can have more control over their decision-making processes, curriculum development, resource allocation, and overall management.
This move towards autonomy can lead to a more efficient and effective higher education system. Universities will have the flexibility to adapt their programs to meet the changing needs of students and industries. They can attract and retain top-notch faculty and researchers, enhancing the quality of education and research output.
When universities have the freedom to make decisions based on their unique contexts and priorities, they can create an environment that fosters creativity, innovation, and critical thinking. This autonomy can pave the way for the development of specialized programs, interdisciplinary collaborations, and cutting-edge research initiatives.
Moreover, with full autonomy, universities can establish stronger partnerships with industries, government agencies, and international institutions. This collaboration can lead to more opportunities for internships, research grants, and knowledge exchange, ultimately enhancing the employability of graduates.
However, it’s important to ensure that while granting autonomy, there is also a system of accountability in place. Universities should be transparent in their decision-making processes and adhere to national standards and regulations. This will help maintain the integrity of the education system and ensure that quality standards are upheld.
Overall, the move towards granting universities full autonomy is a positive step towards providing better quality education and preparing students for the challenges of the future. It empowers universities to become centers of excellence, driving innovation, and contributing to the overall development of the nation. I’m excited to see how this autonomy will shape the future of education in Nigeria! 🎓📚🚀

2 months ago

A higher education system that is more efficient and effective may result from this shift toward autonomy. Universities will have the freedom to modify their curricula to match the evolving requirements of their students, and they can do this by fostering an environment that encourages originality, creativity, and critical thought. The creation of specialized programs, multidisciplinary partnerships, and ground-breaking research projects may be made possible by this autonomy.