Erudite scholar, Prof Toyin Falola has sought the attention of authorities of the nation’s universities to develop a curriculum that would take the country out of the agendas of ‘poverty reduction’ to that of ‘wealth creation’ to make the sector globally relevant and competitive
Falola, who is a lecturer of Humanities at the University of Texas, Austin, United States, raised alarm for a thorough sense of review in the nation’s university education in conformity with current trends.
On the Course of his session on the third Humanities lecture of Kwara State University (KWASU), Falola believed that the current curricula were designed not to empower the people but to serve the economic benefits of the colonizing nations.
“The colonial African education system was created to pacify the people and spread Christianity. To increase individual involvement with education, community, and political support, educational institutions must include policies and content that are more applicable to the community.”
The lecturer, who holds Jacob and Frances Sanger Mossiker Chair in the institution said universities across the world looks up to nurturing solid policies wrapped under a coinage tagged; ‘Fourth industrial revolution.’ He therefore charged the management, staff and students of KWASU to pioneer the revolution that would hasten the tailored shift from colonial curricula to ‘fourth industrial revolution global economy.’
While reminding that internal reasoning has changed as well, the seasoned scholar said syllabuses must be made in conformity with our socio, political and economic relevance. Importantly noting, he emphasized that Nigerian universities must conform to the ‘fourth revolution’ deal or be phased out of significant relevance.
Throwing light on recorded accomplishments in the area of robotic revolution where robots have successfully replaced human labors in areas such as driving of vehicles and radiography through computerized intelligence, Falola raised alarm of impendent great loss of job opportunities and called for the setting up of committees to embrace creation of relevant curriculum for Nigerian universities.
His proposal for the nation’s university education, made elaboration on accommodating more academic modules and availing of students, access to new and modern studies and disciplines. Vice chancellor, Prof AbdulRasheed Na’Allah said the university is grounded towards producing graduates who, ordinarily would have settled for search of employment opportunities, are rather employers of labor.