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Osogbo – Professor Ishaq Oloyede, the Registrar of the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB), over the weekend, came hard on stakeholders in the nation’s education sector alleging that the inexperience of proprietors of private universities was responsible for the production of poor quality graduates in the country.
Oloyede stressed that the involvement of these people without pedigree or experience in the education sector has turned out to be counterproductive for the country.
The JAMB boss also attributed the poor quality of graduates coming from the nation’s universities to the large-scale corruption that had permeated the university system.
Oloyede stated this while delivering a keynote address at the opening session of Conference on Islamic University organised by the International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT), with the theme: “Islamic Universities: Integration Of Knowledge And Sustainability,” which held at the Amina Namadi Sambo Auditorium, Fountain University, Osogbo, Osun state.
He observed that corruption has in no small measure affected the quality and value of university education in the contemporary world.
He said: “The idea of the university in the contemporary world has become so corrupted that it is gradually losing its eternal and ethereal quality and value.”
Oloyede frowned at the proliferation of universities in a similar way business organisations are formed, saying “they are being established by people with little or no pedigree in education as a whole and Islamic education in particular.
“Nowadays, the pursuit of understanding for knowledge sake has become arcane and trite; nowadays, universities are being established just like companies and business outfits are registered and established.”
He charged Islamic universities to improve more in the area of research and advised them to partner with other institutes for knowledge production.
“In the area of research outputs, Islamic universities should review existing, but moribund memoranda of understanding which most of them have entered into over the years either with similar universities or with others that may be referred to as conventional universities.
In his remarks, the Osun State governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, described education that does not prepare the recipient to be self-efficient as “a waste.”
The president, Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) and Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar, represented by Professor Daud Noibi, lauded Fountain University management for the conference.