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Don deplores quality of varsity intakes

By Owede Agbajileke, Abuja
16 November 2023   |   3:32 am
President, Nigerian Academy of Letters, Prof. Sola Akinrinade, has sought a halt to admission of low quality students into the university system.

President, Nigerian Academy of Letters, Prof. Sola Akinrinade, has sought a halt to admission of low quality students into the university system.

He expressed the concern yesterday at a policy review workshop on ‘Strengthening the Educational System in Nigeria Through STEM’, organised by the Nigerian Academy of Science, Nigerian Academy of Letters and Nigerian Young Academy (NYA) and sponsored by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) in Abuja.

Akinrinade emphasised the need for urgent and concerted efforts to reverse the trend.

“This alarming trend must be addressed promptly to ensure a prosperous future for Nigeria’s education system,” he said.

The don dismissed the notion that the decline was consequent upon lowered educational standards.

According to the academic, the root of the problem lies in the implementation of the standards that have become suspect over the years.

He observed that the poor performance of Nigerian university entrants spans across disciplinary groups, hence a “holistic approach is required to address this multifaceted issue.”

In his speech, JAMB Registrar, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, represented by Visiting Professor of History, Olutayo Adesina, highlighted the merits of adopting a holistic educational approach that combines scientific knowledge with artistic expression for a well-rounded education.

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