Successive govts joking with education, say scholars

Grace Edema

SUCCESSIVE governments, since Nigeria gained its independence in 1960, have been said to have been unserious with the education sector of the country. Some lecturers, including chairman, Academic Staff Union of Universities, University of Lagos Branch, Dr Dele Ashiru; and a lecturer with Department of Microbiology, Adeleke University, Osun State, Dr Oladipo Kolawole, who spoke with The PUNCH maintained that the level of education had been poor.

Ashiru specifically said successive governments only paid lip service to the development of the education sector in Nigeria, even as he called on the government at all levels to prioritise education.

Describing education as the pivot upon which the development of Nigeria could revolve, he said, “There is no improvement; why can we be talking about improvement when everything is in disarray? It is unfortunate that the level of education is poor. Successive governments, have only paid lip service to the

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U of T rolls out the virtual welcome mat for 2020 cohort of Pearson scholars

One by one, faces from across the planet popped up on the screen.

The new University of Toronto students, all recipients of the university’s prestigious Lester B. Pearson International Scholarship, were participating in a virtual reception on Zoom in anticipation of their eventual arrival on campus when COVID-19 travel restrictions allow.

U of T President Meric Gertler extended a warm welcome to the students, taking note of the unusual circumstances.

“You’re beginning your university education in an extraordinarily challenging and unusual time in our history,” he said, “and, I have to say, after reading your very impressive biographies, I know that you are more than equal to the challenge. 

“The University of Toronto is ready to help you make the most of this opportunity.”

The scholarships are awarded to students who demonstrate exceptional academic achievement and creativity, and who are recognized as leaders within their school. It also emphasizes recipients’ 

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