Vice Chancellors of state-owned universities appealed to the federal government to give them autonomy on admission modalities.
The Association of Vice-Chancellors of Nigerian Universities (AVCNU) has asked the federal government to consider possibility for allowing the senates of their institutions prescribe the modalities for admission.
The Secretary General of the association, Michael Faborede, stated this at the 4th Biennial Conference on the Committee of Pro-Chancellors of State-Owned Universities in Nigeria held at the Tai Solarin University of Education, Ijebu-Ode, Ogun State.
The theme of the conference is “Current Challenges Facing State Universities in Nigeria and the Way Forward.”
The conference was dedicated to current challenges facing state universities in Nigeria and ways forward. Addressing the audience, the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of the Governing Council of Tai Solarin University of Education, Olufemi Bamiro, said:
“A cursory examination of the goings-on in the tertiary education system of this country attests to the crying need for a conference of this nature to articulate the challenges facing the system and move to the solution domain by coming up with evidence-based policies and programmes to move the system forward.The present situation in the country dictates that we go beyond political correctness into imbibing the traditional academic culture of telling it as it is. It cannot be otherwise if this conference is to be worth the effort of all gathered here.”
“The issue of post UTME is also very hot now. We have emphasised to the minister, the right of each university senate to prescribe the modality for admissions and also that education matters that will affect the state and private universities.
We believe that the Governor’s Forum is very crucial to ensuring the maintenance of standard of state universities, and how they benefit maximally from the Tertiary Education Tax Fund,” he said.
He added, “The present situation in the country dictates that we go beyond political correctness into imbibing the traditional academic culture of telling it as it is. It cannot be otherwise if this conference is to be worth the effort of all gathered here.”