Prof. Charles Ayo, a former Vice-Chancellor, Covenant University, Ota, on Thursday said that the nation’s education sector needs a surgical operation to be on the right path of national development.
Ayo made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Ota, Ogun.
NAN reports that the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) on Tuesday, approved 160 as the cut-off marks for 2019/2020 admission into tertiary institutions in the country.
Ayo said that JAMB Registrar and other decision-makers who fixed the new cut-off marks had taken the best decision in the best interest of the country.
He noted that the major challenge facing the nation’s education sector was the problem of access and quality to a good education.
Ayo said that 1.8 million applicants would be fighting for just 600,000 spaces available across the tertiary institutions in the country.
The don appealed to the Federal Government to fund education as it should be funded as there was no magic to national development.
“Whatever the government can do to give qualified persons access to education, even if not at the degree awarding level, but certificate level.
“Education is the ultimate solution to abject poverty and solution to most of the social vices in the country,” he said.
Ayo noted that the civil unrest’s in the North-eastern part of the country was as a result of lack of education.
“Give the youths little education that will enable them to get employed and put food on their tables, their thinking will be different.
“Let the youths in the country be enlightened so that they can know the right thing from the wrong one, “he said.
He also called on the Federal Government to support the education to take idle youths off the streets regardless of whatever level as “an idle mind is a devils workshop.”
He, however, said that with access to good quality education, the nation would collectively be able to design a path to right national development.