As the burden of education thickens everyday due to the economy falling through, all stakeholders in the education sector have been called back by the Vice Chancellor of University of Ibadan, Professor Idowu Olayinka, to join hands together with intentions of ameliorating the quality of education in the country.
At the University of Ibadan Private Secondary Schools Summit held in UI on July 23,2018, he noted it is imperative for all the stakeholders in the education sector to synergize that if the quality of education must improve, stating that this was one of the reasons UI organized the summit.
According to the Vice Chancellor ably represented by the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Research, Innovation and Strategic Partnerships (RISP), Professor Olanike Adeyemo, “it is not an overstatement that education is for changes in all its ramifications .
In this dispensation, the only sustainable change is the change that changes the minds of the teeming population of young people. The University of Ibadan’s passion to move education forward and beyond the 21st century in Nigeria has generally informed this summit”.
Towards working for the enhancement of quality of education, the University of Ibadan through the office of the RISP had invited some notable proprietors and proprietress of private secondary schools in Ibadan for a summit.
Recalling, the Vice Chancellor said that this is not the first effort of the University to partner with the community in the spirit of town and gown. The pivotal role of the University in training teachers for the immediate community and the entire nation has been on record, and that through its appropriate arms, it has been providing advisory services to educational institutions in different areas as well.
In his words “our gathering here today is a renewed effort at partnering with the proprietors of private secondary schools to change the educational landscape of our community and indeed that of the nation.”
Professor Olayinka pointed out that the burden of education was heavy particularly in Nigeria due to dwindling economy and increasing population among other factors, pointing out that government alone could not bear the burden as active participation of the private sector in education is increasingly glaring.
The Deputy Vice Chancellor, Prof Adeyemo in her welcome address noted that the students from secondary schools were the raw materials for the Universities, wondering why many of those who passed Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) failed the University’s test.
She said, “the broad aim of secondary education is the preparation of youths for useful living and for higher education, stressing that secondary education should equip students to live effectively in the modern age of science and technology; as well as raise a generation of people who can think for themselves.”
By: Adedokun Seyi