Former military Head of State, Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar (rtd), has condemned the proliferation of universities in the country, saying the development is affecting the quality of graduates being churned out by these universities.
Abubakar, who was speaking in an interview, observed that a lot needed to be done in the education sector as he stressed the importance of education in the development of any society.
“There is a lot to be done. I don’t know whether it is population explosion or something else. But go to our classrooms today. Ideally, you should not have more than 30 or 40 people in the classroom but the average you will find is about 50 students.
“We need to structure how we deliver education right from primary school and provide all that is needed for education to work. Certainly, there is still a lot to be done as the proliferation of our universities does not augur well for us,” Abubakar stated.
Going down memory lane, the former head of state said years ago, there were only few universities where the quality of education was reckoned with all over the world.
He however lamented that the reverse is now the case due to proliferation.
Abubakar then posited that all efforts must be made to ensure that the education sector is brought back to its past glory, saying doing so will in no small measure help in the development of the Nigerian society.