Standard of education is not falling in Nigeria — Prof Ambali

The University of Ilorin has graduated 64 new medical doctors to bring its total output to 4,062 in in 32 years.

Prof. Abdul Ganiyu Ambali.

Nigeria's educational standards are not falling as is widely believed, says the Vice-Chancellor of University of Ilorin (UNILORIN), Prof. Abdul Ambali.

Speaking in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday, Ambali said the fact that Nigerian graduates perform well in global circles is an indicator that the system which produced them is effective.

"I think the standard is acceptable because if you look at our graduates anywhere you go around the world and you see them, they are working in high places and they are proving themselves," Ambali said.

"So if the standards were lower they would not be able to compete with their peers where they are now.

"So, to me it is a relative term because the standard in not falling to me."

The Vice Chancellor however stated that a lot still needs to be done, especially at the lower levels.

"We have a lot of room to improve; for example, we need to improve the quality of our teachers especially at the primary and secondary school levels," he added.

"I have been saying this; it is whatever we harvest at those levels especially the secondary school level that comes to the university and in the university you can do minimum modelling to shape them into what the country wants."

Ambali served as Collation Officer during the 2015 Presidential election and was the Returning Officer for the Governorship election in Niger State.

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