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Education must address challenges of development – OSUSTECH VC

Posted: Apr 29, 2015 at 12:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Seyi Taiwo-Oguntuase , Lagos 


Vice Chancellor, Ondo State University of Science and Technology (OSUSTECH) Okitipupa, Professor Tolu Odugbemi has appealed to the President-elect, General Muhammad Buhari to revamp the education sector such that it will begin to addresses the challenges of development in the country.

He gave the advise in a congratulatory message sent to the President-elect, his Vice,  Professor Yemi Osinbajo and urged him to carefully tackle the various challenges facing the country’s education system.

Professor Odugbemi calls on the incoming government to make sure it attends to the needs of the sector, stressing that all issues concerning the sorry state of the nation’s education system must be addressed to ensure growth and development.

“Our education system has failed us in that many graduates including experts in agriculture are in search of white collar jobs. Our primary schools and secondary schools in the 40s had school farms.

The church of various denominations including ‘CMS’ had excellent schools with realistic and meaningful school curricula that paid attention to vocational training, skills and morals,” he said.

He added that the decay that is evident in dilapidated schools buildings, classrooms without roofs, walls, doors and windows. Across the country, pupils attending public primary schools are being subjected to formal instruction in dehumanising circumstances.

“What is the value of education if products of the education system do not impact positively on the society and environment? Education is meant to serve as a tool to improve our towns, local government areas, states, Nigeria and even our continent, Africa. Honestly, we have not moved forward so far.

He added, “The foul, unacceptable and rejected behaviour elsewhere in the world are increasingly being imported to ruin our schools, colleges and Universities. Our youths are under-employed or unemployed and this constitutes imminent threat to peace in our various communities.

However, the VC identified poor funding, ineptitude and lack of commitment by successive governments as part of the problem that rendered growth in the sector dragging.

“Education is a tool for development if properly handled from childhood to adulthood through various systems – primary, secondary and tertiary levels. We should pay attention to the implementation of good ideas if they are to be useful for positive change in Nigeria,” he said.