NUC Processing Applications for 303 Private Varsities

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By Kuni Tyessi in Abuja

The Nationwide Universities Fee (NUC) has stated it's presently processing 303 new purposes for personal universities from totally different elements of Nigeria.

The Government Secretary of NUC, Prof Abubakar Rasheed, stated the purposes have been acquired from teams of people, company organisations, foundations and faith-based organisations from everywhere in the nation.

Rasheed spoke in Abuja whereas delivering a lead paper on the maiden version of the Nationwide Summit on Personal Universities with the theme: “Personal College Schooling Supply in Nigeria: Challenges and Alternatives.”

The NUC boss additional famous that the nation at present has 170 universities out of which 79 are personal with 38, representing 48.11 per cent, owned by faith-based organisations, whereas 41, representing 51.89 per cent, are owned by company our bodies, foundations or people.

He stated though there have been many personal universities within the nation, most of them have been nonetheless unable to satisfy their admission quotas as they admit barely six per cent of the whole college admissions within the nation per session.

He nevertheless said that the setbacks weren't sufficient to cease the issuance of licences as Nigeria wants extra universities to deal with the excessive demand for college schooling.

Whereas admitting that non-public universities nonetheless face numerous challenges, together with non-availability of high quality infrastructure  and amenities, merit-based scholar admission, staffing and sustainable funding, Rasheed, nevertheless, famous that regardless of these difficulties, the establishments have fared very nicely.

Talking on the summit, he stated the programme was to function an avenue for the trade and promotion of excellent practices in personal college schooling supply in Nigeria and to provoke a dialogue on the challenges and alternatives within the subsector.

“The summit can also be aimed toward supporting the Nigerian authorities’s effort at creating educational, institutional and government capacities inside the larger schooling subsector, to allow it compete successfully and be related in an more and more knowledge-driven world financial system,” he stated.

In a keynote handle, the Minister of Schooling, Malam Adamu Adamu, famous the large enlargement of the Nigerian College System by way of the appliance of personal assets, rising from 30 universities in 1996 to 170 universities in 2019.

Adamu, who was represented by the Everlasting Secretary, Ministry of Schooling, Arc, Sonny Echono, urged the establishments to deal with the challenges bedeviling them resembling improper staffing, extreme proprietor influences and insufficient funding amongst others.

The minster additionally charged the establishments to stick to admission necessities and handle the difficulty of their lack of ability to fill the admission quota allotted to them, noting that on the centre of the disaster was the comparatively greater charges that they cost.

He additionally tasked them on adherence to extant tips and laws of the NUC, good college governance in addition to enough and sustainable funding.

Earlier, the Registrar of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Prof Ishaq Oloyede, stated relatively than assist to unravel the issues bedevilling the college system, personal universities have difficult the matter.

Whereas noting that there  are firstclass personal universities that are performing excellently, Oloyede nevertheless alleged that some had come to complicate the corruption that was within the system as convocations in some personal universities have been extra like household conferences the place solely family members held sway.

He additional said that some proprietors of the schools have been already accumulating cash from the schools which are nonetheless struggling to develop.

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