[Lagos]–A senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Ben Murray-Bruce has called for the privatisation of university education in Nigeria.
Delivering a key note address at the 4th NIPR Stakeholders’ Conference with the theme, “Media, Communication and the Challenge of Quality Education for National Development”, held in Lagos on Tuesday August 29, 2017, Murray-Bruce said privatisation of university in the country will help address the challenges of low capacity of institutions to admit young high school graduates in Nigeria. He said with over one million students writing UTME every year, very few were able to gain admission due to limited capacity of the institutions to take more students. He noted that most of the students always ended up schooling in neighboring countries’ such as Mali, Ghana, Cameroon and so on.
In a report by WorldStage Newsonline, the Senator stated that “the entire education sector should be privatised. Let government give scholarship to those that need it. Government has no business in running university.”
Speaking further on the need for privatisation of the university education, he said an institution such as the University of Lagos should be privatised for it to establish campuses in other part of the country to admit more young Nigerians who are seriously in need of quality university education.
He called on the media to stop running the nation down with fake stories which he said was not helping the image of the country.
He said Nigerian media must project the country positively to enhance its reputation outside the country.
“Almost every media organization has an agenda. For example, when something negative happens in Nigeria, CNN, BBC, RFI and SABC will cover it. But when something positive happens, they will either not cover it or they will cover it in such a way that you will hardly notice,” Senator Murray-Bruse stated.
The Chairman and Founder, Chrisland Group of Schools, High Chief Winifred Awosika who described education as the bedrock for any nation’s development said no nation paying lip service to quality education will survive in the 21st century.
The Chrisland boss said the level of education in the country was disheartened in spite of the advancement in technology all around the world. She identified inadequate funding, lack professional and quality educators, inadequate teaching facilities and remuneration and poor working conditions as some of the challenges facing the development of sector.
According to her, “I want to emphasize on the importance of quality assurance, where efforts must be made to ensure quality in every aspects: the environment, facilities, curriculum and manpower.”
She urged government to encourage owners of private schools by coming up with policies that can assist and not stifle them.Please Follow Us @ThePageNg