Scholar Kicks Against Establishment of more Universities, Proposes Upgrade of Existing Ones
A renowned educational test specialist, Dr Yusuf Lawal, has called on the Executive arm of government to reject a proposed bill by the National Assembly for the establishment of more universities.
The proposed bill was sponsored by legislators for the establishment of more than 80 universities, polytechnics and colleges of education in their respective constituencies.
In a 98-page paper, presented at the Joint Admissions and Matriculation. board (JAMB) Headquarters, Abuja, recently on “Compliance with guidelines in admission to testers institutions in Nigeria,” the don called for the upgrade and expansion of existing higher institutions.
It would be recalled that in September, the House of Representatives Committee on Tertiary Education and Services considered bills for the establishment of nine universities across the country.
A recipient of multiple award including ‘Best Project’ at National Institute of Security Studies (NISS), Dr. Yusuf Lawal urged the government to expand the capacity of existing institutions and transform them to Mega Institutions.
He noted that “Private Universities should also be encouraged to collaborate and cooperate with one another to form partnerships in order to also have Mega Private Universities.”
For quick implementation, the don urged Public Examination bodies in Nigeria including JAMB, National Examinations Council (NECO), West Africa Examinations Council (WAEC) and the National Business and Technical Examination Board (NABTEB) to create a common electronic results platform by the second quarter 2022.
This is to ensure each body has access to one another’s results for the purpose of verification and confirmation. This is to be done by the second quarter of 2022.
“The proposed public examinations common electronic results platform to be made available to candidates to upload their results from one examination body to another seamlessly.
He added: “The National Assembly should amend the Examination Malpractice Act to include any and all acts related to violations of the guidelines on admissions.”
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