The National Universities Commission (NUC), has been called on by the Chairman of the Management Board of Babcock University School, Prof Luke Onuoha, to carry out a research that will uncover the real cost of tertiary/university education in the country.
The call was made by him in Lagos, during the schools’ board meeting where he pointed out approaches for a forward moving educational sector, furthering, he said the system requires huge financing besides enhancement in her substructure.
Meanwhile, as the NUC factors out the exact running cost of advanced education, the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND) recent funding policy, must not be left half reviewed as private universities should be accommodated
Besides, tailored and systemized enquiry on the needs of the universities should also be exercised as regards programme support with adequate financing. These amongst other issues if not addressed, will continue to pose serious challenges confronting contemporary Nigerian institutions.
In his words, “It would be appropriate for Nigerians to stop deceiving themselves by having the mindset that education is free. Free education is lagging behind the test of time. The NUC is therefore, faced with an urgent need to embark on an audit x-ray, to ascertain the actual cost of education. Unlike the Private universities that have demonstrated that parents can afford value with their pay. Government could make available on its part, necessary facilities for all universities in the country, while involving beneficiaries in an appropriately with part of the bills.
On TETFund he said, “There is need for private universities to benefit from TETFund. These institutions so far, have never had interrupted academic calendar, they ensure good lecturers, quality facilities and conducive environment for learning are readily available. Subsidy should also be provided for Students in these private universities whose parents also pay huge taxes into the purse of the government.
In the light of things expected from university government, Onuoha enjoined vice chancellors to be acquainted with the condition of their faculties and departments.
More so, They should always call for papers regarding performance of the students in various programme for assessment; scrutinize and correct areas of abuse; create regularized platforms that back up students to challenge any form of injustice they are made to face by the lecturers as well as others.