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University Don Makes Case For National Development Through Increased Funding To Education

A Nation's wealth and development have been tied to the level of investment in its education sector because it is what determines the capacity of its citizens to perform optimally.

This was the submission of Professor Vincent Asuru in his inaugural lecture titled "Assessment For, As and Of Learning: A Psyco-Legal Convergence for National Development", which was delivered at the auditorium of Ignatius Ajuru University of Education, last week.

He noted that it is because of this pivotal role of education in national development that most nations invest enormous resources in the sector, but lamented that Nigeria has not done well in this regard.

He disclosed that Nigeria is the least in the ranking of education in Africa with just 9.86 percent, while Ghana takes the lead with 31 percent.

The professor of Measurement and Evaluation therefore advocated for proactive measures and a psyco-legal frameworks that would enthrone an innovative assessment regime, as he called on the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) to adopt an innovative technique that would solve the current challenges facing the body in the administration of its examinations in Nigeria.

Noting that most nations in the world have used law as an instrument of social engineering, he advocated for legislations that would positively turn around the education sector, while also demanding for effective enforcement of such laws when they are made.

Other recommendations by the erudite scholar were; a focused and effective leadership with a political will to drive development, values re-orientation with focus on national values and development, stable educational policies, improved instructional processes and qualitative teaching through provision of regular trainings.

He equally advocated for an effective link between the education system and the industries to enhance workplace experiences, especially in science and technology related disciplines, good classrooms and offices, better conditions of service, as well as adequate periodic monitoring of schools.

Meanwhile, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Ozo-Mekuri Ndimele, represented by the Dean of graduate school, Professor Daniel Ogum, described the inaugural lecturer as an efficient colleague who has never failed in the discharge of whatever university assignment given to him.

He called him an erudite scholar and a peace loving man known for the dispensation of justice.

The V-C noted that the inaugural lecture was an avenue to be connected to the thoughts of the scholar, and hoped that it would help to move Nigeria forward.

Earlier, the Registrar, Mrs. Hope Kue-Ikoro, had described Professor Asuru as an accomplished scholar and a man of different fields.

The scholar teaches Measurement and Evaluation, and is also a lawyer, and a Grand Knight in the Catholic church.