Uninspiring Story Of UNILORIN Producing First Class In Political Science After 40 Years

 

There was a story in the new year of one Azeez Alamu Adebayo, achieving a feat of being the first student of Political Science at the University of Ilorin to graduate with First Class Honours in the department’s 40 years history.

While we congratulate the 27 year old man for the courage to break the jinx, it is also important to observe that the story leaves a sour taste in the mouth.

The reason is because, whereas the founding fathers of Nigeria made sacrifices to enhance access to higher education to foster human capital development, many of the lecturers entrusted with the responsibility of actualising this mandate appear to be pursuing a different agenda.

For curious reasons, some of them are known for devising disingenous means of frustrating the students, so much so that many, who could have graduated with better grades ended up leaving with third and second class degrees, while those who could not adapt quickly to the largely unfavourable psychological environment either ended up dropping out of school, or graduating  with Pass degree.

The practice of lecturers treating the student as if he is an adversary resulting in award of poor grades pervade public universities in Nigeria. However,  since the private universities came into the scene, they have consistently demonstrated that First Class is not for spirits, and that it is achievable in Nigeria.

Just last year, one private University that is not half as old, and as populous as the  University of Ilorin, produced over 40 First Class graduates. Interestingly, these first class graduates are Nigerians; taught  by lecturers who are Nigerians, and studied in  an institution  that is owned by a Nigerian, and based in Nigeria.

Truth be told, those lecturers in public universities who  feel that their students are not good enough to be awarded First Class degree, are.not doing the statement any good.  Instructively,  the corollary is also valid: When a department or institution is unable to produce First Class graduates, it only means that top class lecturers with the right kind of mindset are lacking in the statement – because one can only produce after his kind.

The private universities must therefore be commended for changing the paradign of student assessment, even as we challenge lecturers in public universities to have a rethink, and stop under valuing their students.

The news of University of Ilorin producing a First Class graduate in Political Science for the first time in 40 years  is not inspiring by all standards. Be tgattas it may, inspite of the unfair treatment meted out to students in public universities in Nigeria, some of them, in the course of time have managed to work their ways into important positions in the public and private sectors of the economy. And many more are on the way  to reaching  the pinnacle of their careers.

There is no doubt that time has come for public universities in Nigeria to begin to encourage their students to be the best that they are capable of becoming, instead of
seeking for ways and means of frustrating them with poor grades.

We congratulate the private universities for raising the bar on the award of First Class degrees, and pray for the Reformation of Nigeria’s educational system to attract and retain more world class academics, and less of traders in grades, who masquerade as scholars but lacking in character and learning.bbbnnnn

There was a recent story of Azeez Alamu Adebayo being the first student of Political Science at the University

While we congratulate the 27 year old man for the courage to break the jinx, it is also important to observe that the story leaves a sour taste in the mouth.

It is rather unfortunate that whereas the founding fathers of Nigeria made sacrifices to enhance access to higher education, and by so doing foster human capital development, many of the lecturers entrusted with the responsibility of actualising this mandate had been pursuing a different agenda.

For curious reasons, some of them device disingenous means of frustrating the students, so much so that many, who could have graduated with better grades end up leaving with third and second class grades, while those who were unable to quickly adapt end up either dropping out or graduating with Pass.

This sadistic mentality was largely the order of the day in public universities in Nigeria until the private universities entered the scene and began the journey of demystifying the First Class degree.

Just last year, one of them that is not half as old, and as populous as University of Ilorin produced over 40 First Class graduates.

What some of the lecturers in public universities fail to recognise is the error in their judgment that their students are not good enough to deserve First Class degree.

When an institution is unable to produce First Class graduates, it only means that it lacks First Class lecturers because no one can give what he does not have.

The private universities must be commended for changing the paradign of student assessment, even as we challenge as lecturers in public universities to have a rethink and stop under valueing their students.

The news of University of Ilorin producing a First Class graduate in Political Science for the first time in 40 years in 2023 is not inspiring. For whatever that it is worth, the lecturers must realise that students are not their adversaries to be frustrated by all means. In spite of the unfair treatment meted out to the students, some of them, in the course of time have managed to work their ways into important positions in the public and private sector of the economy.

There is no doubt that time has come for public universities in Nigeria to begin to  encourage their students to be the best that they are capable of becoming, instead of
employing shameful  ways and means of frustrating those who are unable to ordinarily unethical expectations.

We congratulate the private universities for raising the bar in assessment of academic performance among students  and pray for the reformation of Nigeria’s educational system to attract and retain  world class academics, and less of traders in grades,  mascurading as scholars but  lacking in character and learning.

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