The Vice-Chancellor of the Achievers University, Owo, Ondo State, Prof. Samuel Ibiyemi, has called on the Federal Government to declare a state of emergency in the education sector.
Speaking during the 11th matriculation ceremony of the institution, Ibiyemi noted that many admission seekers were not willing to attend private universities and only a few succeeded in getting admitted into public universities.
The vice-chancellor argued that since the development had made it difficult for many people to access tertiary education in the country, there was a need for government to make private universities attractive and affordable to students in terms of scholarship awards and loans, among other incentives.
He lamented that public universities were offering admission to a small percentage of admission seekers and denying many others access to teriary education.
He said, “In terms of admission subscription, statistics over the past four years have consistently shown that over 98 per cent of candidates preferred to study in public universities, leaving less than two per cent to private varsities.
“That is, 98 per cent of candidates seek admission to 86 public universities compared to about two per cent seeking admission as last resort to the available 74 private universities, in spite of the fact that public universities can only admit less that 20 per cent of their demands.
“Hence, while the annual admission quotas of public universities are increasingly over-saturated with demands that cannot be met, that of the private universities are abysmally running in surplus and begging for demand. Consequently, the lopsided physical increase in growth rate in favour of private varsities have failed to translate to corresponding increase in admission subscription in private varsities.”
“This is highly discouraging to the present and potential proprietors. It is imperative for the Federal Government to address this dangerous trend. Government should come to the aid of private varsities. The proprietors of private universities are helping the Federal Government to open up access to university education, at least.”
While welcoming the new students, the don warned them to abide by the rules and regulations of the institution and to shun social vices that could make them lose their studentship.
He also disclosed that the National Universities Commission had granted the institution approval to run undergraduate programmes in Law and postgraduate programmes in Computer and Information Technology, Business Administration and Accounting.