Soeze Underscores Importance Of Quality Education In Nigeria

FORMER Assistant Director (Administration) / Head, Academic and Physical Planning (A&PP) of the Petroleum Training Institute (PTI) Effurun, Delta State, Dr. Charles Ikedikwa Soeze has underscored the importance of quality education in Nigeria.
Soeze, who speaking as a guest speaker at the maiden public lecture titled “How Alumni Associations Can Contribute Meaningfully in the Sustenance of Academic Standards and Human Capital Development” organized by Auchi Polytechnic Alumni Association (APAA), Warri chapter, disclosed that qualitative education was needed for societal growth and development.
According to him, the quality of education in Nigeria could not be compared with what obtains globally, adding that a number of factors were largely responsible for the ugly trend which he listed to include poorly trained teachers, scarcity of teaching materials, inadequate supervision of schools, very poor environment and poor remuneration of teachers leading to poor motivation and low morale.
He listed other factors to include inflexible curricula, inadequacy of schools, teacher/pupil/student ratio, underfunding, the negative influence of a corruptive and valueless political system, planning and implementation problems as a result of policy inconsistency and summersault.
Continuing, the guest speaker pointed out that the above listed factors led to the weakening of tertiary institutions administration like poor teaching and learning outcomes, diminishing research and consultancy traditions as well as questionable services to tertiary institutions.
The academic planner and mass communication scholar who spent well over three decades in a tertiary institution, regretted that the erosion of values that have produced a culture of under-achievements, would take decades to change in the nation’s institutions.
As a result, he called on the Auchi Polytechnic Alumni Association to form bridges of partnership to reinvigorate the Polytechnic and this, he stated can only be achieved by giving the alumni a prominent role in the polytechnic’s committees in policy generation and in decision-making in all matters affecting the polytechnic.
Soeze specifically urged the APAA to look into the areas of infrastructural development, award of scholarships, role models, unity among members, giving advice to the institution, image-making for the institution, provision of academic support, financial generation, counseling, packaging and marketing as well as seeking for gainful employment for its members as possible areas of intervention to enable the polytechnic compete favourably internationally like the Thames Polytechnic, London.