The quality of education and the state of universities in Nigeria needs urgent intervention. There is no comparison to the standard of education in the universities recently to 10 – 20 years ago. It is due to this that some parents have had to enroll their children and wards in foreign universities. The current economic recession and scarcity of forex has made it almost impossible for parents to afford the school fees of foreign schools.
Earlier in 2016, the Academic Ranking of World Universities (AWRU) and the Center for World Universities Ranking (CWUR) released a list of the top 500 and 1000 world universities respectively and no Nigerian university was on the list. The ranking is based on six performance indicators, the rankings are designed to assess universities in four areas: research, teaching, employability and internationalization.
In a recent ranking released by the Times Higher Education, Nigeria’s premier university was ranked 801 alongside several others. University of Ibadan was also the only Nigerian university that finally made the list. Also In a report by NUC (Nigerian University Commission) in 2015, Nigeria has over 55 illegal universities in Nigeria.
According to a report by Punch, the Federal Executive Council (FEC) today November 2, 2016, approved eight new universities to be cited in different parts of the country. However, the universities are all privately-owned, according to a report by Punch.
The universities, according to the report include: Anchor University, Ayobo, Lagos; Clifford University; Coal City University; Dominican University, Ibadan, Kola Daisi University, Ibadan; Legacy University, Okija among others.
What is key to every parent is to ensure that children get the best quality of education without going bankrupt. The issues with the standard of education in our universities should be urgently addressed for a sustainable economy. The Nigerian child deserves much more at all levels irrespective of the gender, background, culture or tradition.