The State of University Education in Nigeria and the Need for a Paradigm Shift

By Adebayo Ogundele.

Published by Journal of the World Universities Forum

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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

Journal of the World Universities Forum, Volume 2, Issue 1, pp.105-110. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.182MB).

Dr. Adebayo Ogundele

Senior Lecturer, Department of Educational Administration and Planning, Faculty of Education, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State, Nigeria

Dr. Adebayo Ogundele is presently a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Educational Administration and Planning in the Faculty of Education, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria. He teaches educational management and educational planning with a research focus on Educational Administration. He has a doctorate degree in Educational Administration and Supervision from the Atlanta University (now Clark Atlanta) in the United States of America in 1979 and has been a university teacher since then. Before proceeding to the United States, he taught in primary schools and secondary schools in Nigeria. He has been a teacher for the greater part of his professional career. His major interest lies in economic improvement via sound educational development and curriculum and his research focus is geared to this achievement.


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