The paper traced the development of university education in Nigeria, which culminated in the growth of private universities. It then x-rays the position of University education today bringing out the present decay in the system, which calls for an urgent action. The university system is losing focus and hence cannot meet up with the necessary responsive educational programmes for full development and the increase in the demand for university education. All these are found to be the offshoot of military adventurism in Nigerian politics. Some of the reasons for the decay discussed in the paper were the role of government and partisan politics; the government finance of the Universities, which is dismally poor; changes in political power, which brings instability to the university education across the country. University teaching receives less attention because of the ‘publish’ or ‘perish’ syndrome that makes University teachers pay more attention to academic publications than pedagogy resulting in the turn out of half baked graduates. It was finally suggested that the present university curricula should be reviewed to take care of social and environmental suitability of the citizenry. Educational funding by government need to be improved.
|Keywords:||Partisan Politics, Curricula, Autonomy, Finance, Pedagogy, Counselling, Focus|
Senior Lecturer, Department of Educational Administration and Planning, Faculty of Education, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State, Nigeria
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