The Vice-Chancellor of University of Ilorin (Unilorin), Prof. Abdul Ambali, has said that against popular belief, Nigerian graduates are competing favourably with their peers from across the world.
Ambali said that Nigerian graduates were able to compete favourably because of the acceptable standard of education in the country.
The vice-chancellor, who said this in an interview he granted News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja, added that Nigerian graduates had always acquitted themselves creditably in the Diaspora.
“I think the standard is acceptable because if you look at our graduates anywhere you go around the world and you see them, they are working in high places and they are proving themselves.
“So if the standards were lower they would not be able to compete with their peers where they are now. So, to me it is a relative term because the standard in not falling to me.
“We have a lot of room to improve; for example, we need to improve the quality of our teachers especially at the primary and secondary school levels.
“I have been saying this; it is whatever we harvest at those levels especially the secondary school level that comes to the university and in the university you can do minimum modelling to shape them into what the country wants.“
He went further to say “Students should have better classrooms; they should have better teachers and better learning environment because it is the products of these three issues that make up a good candidate for the next level.
“For example, if the classrooms are crowded; if there are no teaching facilities in the classroom; no teaching aids in the classroom; no enough materials to carry out the necessary practical, then the quality of education will become questionable.
“If the teachers are not well paid; they are not well mobilised; they cannot concentrate on their primary assignments.“
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