Nigeria risks dire consequences over lack of access to tertiary learning
A United Kingdom-based education researcher, Dr. Peter Ogudoro, has warned that the country risks dire socio-economic and political consequences over her failure to urgently innovate access to higher education in the country.
Ogudoro, also a career management expert claims that has through a three-year intensive research conducted in Europe and in Nigeria, he has developed a model of access to higher education that will potentially resolve the problems that the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) poses to young people in the country.
Most importantly, he explained that the model he has developed can give over a million additional candidates access to higher education annually and save the country over N1 trillion (billions of dollars) annually in cost of public and foreign education.
The researcher, who said he received training for the research in seven top European universities including Johannes Kepler University in Austria, University of Cambridge, England, and Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, and the Federal Institute for Educational Research, Innovation and Development of the Austrian School System, Salzburg, Austria, stressed that youths not in education, training and employment constitute a keg of gun powder anywhere in the world.
Ogudoro, who said that the country’s multi-dimensional diversity makes her case even more potentially destructive, adding that the implementation of the model produced by his research, has the potential to help the country develop to a significant level, the human capital that will put her on a fast track to development.
According to him, with an annual secondary school graduation rate of about two million (the equivalent of the combined population of Luxemburg, Iceland, Malta, and Brunei) and population gain of about five million annually, failure to innovate access to higher education in the country was pregnant with unpleasant consequences.
He stated that his research findings benefited from data collected from 17 institutions in Europe and Nigeria including nine professional bodies, and three public education agencies, which participated in the study.
The career management expert further indicated that the full benefits of his research results can be gained if the country’s parliament collaborates with the Federal Ministry of Education, to make and implement enabling (new) education and labour laws and policies.