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Re: Private Universities And Their First Class Degrees

Posted: Jul 11, 2015 at 3:56 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Adedeji Aina


Your editorial in the Daily Independent issue of 6th July, 2015 on first class degrees issued by private universities made an interesting reading.

However, I think it is preposterous to submit that those who attended private universities are those who cannot meet the admission cut-off to public universities since the Joint Admission and Matriculation  Board conducts admission examination into both public and private universities and set cut-off point. Candidates who fail to meet this cut-off are not admitted into any university, whether private or public.

Many parents who can afford it do not want to have anything to do with any Nigerian public university hence they never even allow their children and wards choose them in their JAMB application forms.

Similarly, most graduates of private universities would not want to pick up employment in any public university because of their orientation and the level of rots. I sincerely believe that most employers would prefer to employ graduates of private universities and this was corroborated by no less a person than the former Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Godswill Akpabio, as reported in the Premium Times issue of June 08, 2015.

The Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission has also disclosed at several fora that graduates of private universities have led their public universities’ counterparts for the past three  consecutive years in an annual scholarship examinations conducted by the Federal Government for all first class graduates of all universities in Nigeria. You may wish to make an independent confirmation of this assertion.

As indicated in your editorial, stable academic calendar, availability of infrastructure which you agreed are more available in private universities, go a long way in boosting the performance of students.

If these translate into more students coming out with a relatively higher number of first class degrees in private universities, should they be downgraded by the institutions in order to satisfy a section of the society?

I think it is better to allow the employers decide who they prefer to employ and stop feeding the public with unverified claims as your editorial has failed to name the companies which discriminate against graduates of private universities.

You will agree with me that the circumstances which prevail in public primary and secondary schools and brought about the predominance of private participation in those subsectors of the country’s education system have replicated themselves at the tertiary level.

Moreover, the recent web-metric ranking of universities rated a private university in Nigeria, as not only the best in Nigeria but in the whole of West Africa. I would also like to state here that Harvard University, a Private University, is rated as the best in the world.

Ultimately, academic excellence resides within an individual’s resolve to excel as well as their natural intellectual endowment, regardless of where he finds himself, public or private university.

Finally, it is better to allow graduates of both universities to find their levels in the labour market through their performance rather than whipping up unnecessary rivalry among the two institutions.