Federal Government has been advised to urgently reform the nation’s public educational system, in other to ensure that private and public institutions can prepare students equally to become citizens of a new Nigeria.
A university lecturer and Professor of Comparative Religions Studies at the Havard University, Cambridge Massachusetts, USA, Jacob Olupona, stated this while delivering the University of Ilorin 31st Convocation and 40th anniversary lecture at the university’s auditorium, on Thursday.
Daily Times gathered that no fewer than 69 of the 6710 graduands bagged first class honours, while the Chancellor of the university and 50th Emir of Katsina, Alhaji Abdulmumini Kabir Usman, was also officially installed.
Olupona said that, “Private schools, by and large, treat education as a commodity. This, in itself, does not present a problem, when too much of the educational burden is placed on private institutions. The idea that education is a constitutional right and a public good is severely undermined.
“As we are all aware, the private sector has been growing rapidly over the years, and while I appreciate the great contributions that private institutions have made, the fact remains that the public school system should be viewed as the standard with private schools are viewed as an alternative for those who can afford a world-class education.”
In his address, the Chancellor of the university advised the students to take their studies seriously.