Increasing tuition fees and creating student loan options is the only way to improve the quality of education in Nigeria, says the Deputy Senate President and Speaker of the ECOWAS Parliament, Ike Ekweremadu, CFR.
'Make Education Expensive, Qualitative ...Give Student Loans'
Nigeria's Deputy Senate President, Ekweremadu, says Nigerians must be ready to pay higher tuition fees if they desire quality education. He also urged the government to provide poor students with loans.
Speaking at the 54th Founders’ Day the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN), Ekweremadu said the tertiary institutions are struggling with funding, hence their inability to provide quality education.
The Senator said education is a costly commodity world-over, adding that the quality should not be lowered over affordability concern.
“What I want to say may not sound good to some ears, but we must come to the understanding that education is like the field of computer science-it is garbage in, garbage out," Ekweremadu said.
"Rather than bag a meaningless education and degree that cost you next to nothing, why not pay for quality education that makes you a better and prosperous person?”
He said if students charged reasonable fees that can yield enough revenue to fund their activities, the quality of education offered would be be high.
Ekweremadu however urged the government to provide accessible student loans that student can fund their education with and pay back after graduation.
UNN News reports that Ekweremadu presented a lecture titled “Key Governance Issues in Nigeria: my Perspective”.
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