Diplomat faults quota system on admission process

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Aug 30th, 2014
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NIGERIA’S former High Commissioner to Zambia, Chief Moses Ogunmola, has faulted the current quota system for admission into the nation’s tertiary institutions.

Speaking at a lecture titled ‘How to endanger national peace and stability’ in Oyo town, the former diplomat also offered recipe to address the economic challenges facing the country.

According to him, the non-oil sector must be urgently revitilised in addition to the re-evaluation of the nation’s currency.

Opposing the quota system, Ogunmola said meritocracy must be allowed to take precedence in students admission, while urging government at all levels to jettison what he called “politically-inspired and pseudo-democratic slogans, such as quota system, catchments area and geo-political origin.”

Quota system, he noted, and similar other strategies have proved to be short-time palliatives, which he warned may eventually spell doom for the country in the nearest future.

He said, “In admission matters, other considerations should run a distant second to meritocracy. While I support the establishment of more colleges, polytechnics and universities, I say no to aspiring students who fail to make the merit list. Such candidates should be re-energised and re-channelled into other productive sectors of the economy. The smaller the number of intakes with fertile and highly receptive brains, I think the better for this country.”

The retired diplomat also called on the National Universities Commission (NUC) to enforce a strict regulation on the award of honorary doctorate degrees, saying “It is a pity that some get-rich-quick universities in recent years have polluted, diluted and cheapened this academic culture by commercialising the award to every Tom, Dick and Harry.”

To promote the study of science, medicine and engineering, Ogunmola, who is the Otun-Alaafin of Oyo, and also an educationist, said no lecturer should be allowed to rise beyond the position of a Senior Lecturer cadre unless he or she can lay claim to originality in specific inventions and discoveries.

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