Text of a Lecture delivered at the invitation of Ondo State Public Sphere
Akure, Thursday, November 5th 2015.
The architecture of tertiary education in the state needs to be reconfigured. Besides the unclear binary distinction between RUGPOLY and the universities, there are no apparent interlinkages among all the four tertiary institutions. Furthermore, the lack of attention to teacher education at the tertiary level contrasts markedly with the other states in the South-west that have either a College of Education (Lagos, Osun and Oyo states) or a University of Education (Ogun state). It is also noteworthy that Akure Division is the only one of the state’s five constituent cultural and administrative divisions without a state-owned higher education institution. Recommendation: There is need for a summit of all relevant stakeholders to critically review the tertiary education sub-sector in the state. The Summit’s recommendations should be developed into a Fifteen-Year Higher Education Plan to be implemented by successive governments.
… the recent establishment of a University of Medical Sciences, Ondo (UMSO) raises questions about the state’s prioritisation in respect of the three education sub-sectors: should a huge investment at the tertiary education level have priority over increased funding for public primary and secondary education?
A rapid survey of three public secondary schools and three private secondary schools in Akure North LGA in March 2015 revealed three success factors in the private schools that are missing in the public secondary schools: stability of school leadership, fairly conducive learning and teaching environment, and provision of boarding for students in two of the three schools. Are there lessons the government can learn from these success factors to promote improved performance in the public secondary schools?
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