Vice Chancellor, University of Education, Winneba, Ghana, Professor Akwasi Ameyaw, has condemned the plan of Ogun State governor, Ibikunle Amosun, to scrap the Tai Solarin University of Education, TASUED, Ijagun, Ogun State.
Addressing newsmen shortly before he delivered a lecture at the third annual distinguished lecture organized by the school’s National Alumni Association in Ijebu-Ode, Ameyaw urged stakeholders in the sector to fiercely resist any attempt by the governor to scrap the institution.
It will be recalled that TASUED, which is Nigeria’s premier university of education, had been marked for scrapping by Governor Amosun with a view to being converted to an institute under the faculty of education at the Olabisi Onabanjo University, OOU, Ago-Iwoye.
Professor Ameyaw, who is also the Chairman, Committee of Vice Chancellors in Ghana, lauded the concept of specialized institutions, noting that it was unreasonable to convert a functional university to an institute under another university.
He said: “Have you found out the background of those who are propagating that one? They don’t understand what they were saying.”
We should resist it, and fiercely too,” he said.
Earlier in his welcome address, the alumni’s National President, Mr. Tajudeen Uthman, emphasised that universities of education are relevant in addressing the dwindling education standard and low quality of teachers on the African continent.
Uthman also called for increased funding of the university to enable the institution to meet its primary objectives.
Also speaking at the event, the TASUED Vice Chancellor, Professor Segun Awonusi, said the choice of the tittle of this year alumni. lecture”Improving the standard of education in Africa: The place of university of education” was apt considering the nation’s educational climate.