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Nigeria’s universities need radical reforms

Nigeria’s universities need radical reforms
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Establishment of student loans necessary for reforming public universities.

Amidst the academic crisis and recurrent strike actions in Nigeria’s public tertiary institutions, it is evident that the present funding model is overtly flawed. With the Higher Education Bill, the federal government has been working to fix this recurring issue. Importantly, fixing this situation means that the whole system must be rethought and redesigned to address these poignant problems. Financial sustainability, investment and graduate employability remain some of the challenges faced by public tertiary institutions in the country. However, the new bill, merged with improved governmental processes, is shaped to help deliver a better financing model with an improved quality assurance for the educational sector.

The Higher Education Bill is designed to propose an interest-free student loan that will assist students in paying their tuition fees at universities, polytechnics and vocational colleges established by the federal and state governments. Eligibility requirement is set at N500,000 yearly to applicants with a source of income or family income with over 133 million Nigerians qualified. Also, applicants will be required to tender at least two guarantors and must complete repayment within two years of completing their National Youth Service Corps. However, some challenges remain affective to this scheme.

Higher Education Bill lacks a governance structure.

Current value of money, as well as the lack of it is one important problem to be surfaced. The student loan model in the United Kingdom for instance, has the customer rights of the students at its core. This means the fee-paying students are within their rights to question the quality, support and services provided by the universities. Credit hours, courses and contents must also be fully delivered. Also, for laboratory-related courses, there are provisions for all necessary equipment that complement the subjects.

For a proper execution of this scheme in Nigeria, the fee-paying students would be within their rights to expect the provision of necessary laboratory equipment to ensure that the value of their invested funds is being met. However, the present reality indicates inefficient or inadequate equipment in most government-controlled tertiary institutions. Also, the Higher Education Bill lacks a governance structure that would tend to the complaints of fee-paying students. It is also immensely important that the government consider the skills or employment opportunities available for these students.

Public tertiary education system to be necessarily rethought & redesigned.

Another challenge this scheme is facing presently is employability. Graduate employment is one cardinal principle by which repayment are structured. Graduate students must be provided with job opportunities for them to be able to repay the loans. However, with Nigeria’s unemployment rates at a climaxed 33 percent, the Higher Education Bill scheme is flawed. Also, this government plans to manage the flow of public money to public tertiary institutions should also be scrutinized. For instance, the bill does not reference future levels to tuition fees on the basis of inflationary pressures. This cost-sharing paradigm does so little in addressing the funding challenge in tertiary institutions.

Thus, there is a poignant need for a rethink and redesign of the country’s public tertiary education system. For instance, a free market style, driven by the forces of supply and demand can be enacted. Here, the tertiary institutions are granted the autonomy to charge fees that indicate their values, ensuring a value complementarity and job opportunities in the future. With this, public institutions would be overtly commercialized and students would be able to demand adequacy from the institutions. This would also bring an end to the incessant ASSU strikes. However, this approach would deal a huge blow to the state directive of providing public education, as enshrined in the Constitution.

Model merging interests of universities and cost-sharing mechanism needed.

Nigeria, however, needs a model that meets both the public institution interest and the cost-sharing mechanism that involves the government., students and institutions. A perfect starting way around this would involve adjusting the bill to suit the needs for a governance structure that addresses the identified challenges. Institutions should improve their teaching methods to match the student’s’ expectations, in exchange for government funding. Institutions must also complement or give value to the money being paid and reshape courses to the needs of the national economy.


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11 days ago

Nigeria’s universities need radical reformsEstablishment of student loans necessary for reforming public universities. – Express your point of view.

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11 days ago

The education system in Nigeria need total overhauling because the system is overstretched and it is not working properly.In all the developed countries around the world,they take education very important and they normally give incentives to their students like give them loan and proper funding of the system which has really help their education system to grow and sustainable.

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11 days ago

This is long overdue for our educational sector to be overhaul,a lots need to be put in place because the dmsystem is dysfunctional presently and the educational bill needs to be reconsidered.

Abusi
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8
11 days ago

The Educational sector of the country needs to be revitalized. Structures like student loans, enough investment and credible check by the government should be put in place to aid the maximum output of our schools.

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8
11 days ago

With this report lets hope on positivity even though, i haven’t seen any efforts by the federal government to work and to fix this recurring issue confronting the education sector. I hope the situation would be addressed as reported.

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8
11 days ago

It is plain to see that the existing method of paying Nigeria’s public tertiary institutions is fundamentally wrong in light of the ongoing academic crisis and the frequent walkouts that have taken place there.

Member
8
11 days ago

It is well past due for us to reevaluate the educational bill and make improvements to the dmsystem, both of which are contributing significantly to the difficulties that are being experienced in our educational institutions.

Member
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11 days ago

Our education system need a total reform they are some system that does not help the progress of education while there are some that will need to be adopted for the improvement of education system looking at most develop country the way they run their education is different from ours which is why we are lacking beside. A total reform is needed

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11 days ago

Public postsecondary institutions in the country continue to struggle with issues like as maintaining financial viability, attracting investment, and increasing the employability of graduates.

Member
8
11 days ago

The new legislation, when combined with newly developed methods of conducting business inside the government, is being fashioned to assist in the delivery of an improved quality assurance system along with a better finance model for the educational sector.

Member
8
11 days ago

The purpose of the Higher Education Bill is to provide a proposal for a student loan that does not accrue interest and would provide financial assistance to students so that they can pay their tuition costs at colleges.

Member
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11 days ago

In the case of the student loan system used in the United Kingdom, for example, the customer rights of the students make up the foundation of the system.

Member
8
11 days ago

There are provisions made for the entirety of the essential equipment for laboratory-related courses, which complement the subjects being studied.

Member
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11 days ago

In exchange for public financing, schools should adapt their pedagogical practices to better meet the needs of today’s students. In addition to reshaping courses to meet the needs of the national economy, institutions must provide a value-added component to the tuition paid.

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10 days ago

It will be great if student can have access to loan and fund their school. Students whose parents can’t afford their school fees can apply for the loan and achieve their desired dreams in life.

Member
8
10 days ago

Several students drop out of school because they couldn’t afford the school fees but here is an opportunity to apply for a loan that will make them actually achieve their long desired

Member
9
10 days ago

Establishment of student loans necessary for reforming public universities. Truly University need to be reformed. We need to get it right

Member
8
10 days ago

Even though the federal government hasn’t made any steps to work on and fix this persistent problem in the education sector, this report gives us reason to be optimistic. I’m crossing my fingers that something is done about it.

Member
8
10 days ago

Given Nigeria’s academic crises and frequent walkouts, the current way of paying public tertiary institutions is flawed.

Member
8
10 days ago

The federal government has been attempting to resolve this persistent problem via the Higher Education Bill. Importantly, in order to address these serious issues, the entire system needs to be rethought and reformed.

Member
8
10 days ago

The Higher Education Bill aims to offer a suggestion for a student loan that does not accumulate interest and would give students financial aid so they can pay their college tuition expenses.

Member
8
10 days ago

Overstretched and inefficient, Nigeria’s education system needs a complete revamp. All industrialized countries value education and give students loans and sufficient support, which has helped their education systems grow and thrive.

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