?Quality post-gradauate studies improve falling standard?
Vice-Chancellor, Ekiti State University (EKSU), Ado-Ekiti, Prof Patrick Aina, has said the country can overcome the fallen standards of tertiary education if the university system could improve the quality of postgraduate studies.
Aina, who spoke in Ado-Ekiti at the opening of the 45th meeting of the Committee of Deans of Postgraduate Schools (CDPGS) in Nigerian Universities; said ?substandard post-graduate studies would only produce half-baked students.?
He canvassed improved funding of postgraduate studies to enable the production of required manpower to man the increasing number of universities.
According to him, this move will support the attainment of the international target of 1:20 teacher-student ratio in the nation?s tertiary institutions.
Aina said: ?With 146 universities (as at the last count) and using the present figures of enrolment, in order to meet the required teacher student ratio of 1:20, we will need to increase the number of academic staff in Nigerian universities from the current level of 26,000 to 50,000 with the minimum qualification of doctorate degree.
?Postgraduate education is, therefore, to respond positively to the training of postgraduate students for the much-needed high level manpower development of the country,? he said.
The VC identified factors, including gross underfunding, inadequate and ailing infrastructural facilities, industrial strife and political instability as few of the factors working against attaining improved education standards.
In his address, the Chairman, CDPGS, Prof. Atiku Yahaya, appealed to the National Universities Commission (NUC) to institute measures to arrest the problems identified in what he called ?the postgraduate benchmarks exercise.?
He advised the NUC to accommodate technocrats in postgraduate education and advocated increased funding for research and teaching in the nation?s universities, saying: ?Only this could assure the production of needed quality manpower. T he Dean, School of Postgraduate Studies of EKSU, Prof. Eddy Olanipekun, commended the university management for supporting the meeting which attracted participants from 51 universities accredited by NUC to run postgraduate courses.