Nigerian Ambassador to Ukraine, Frank Ngozi Isoh, has advised Nigerians to be wary of sending their children to English Language training institutions as Ukrainians are not proficient in the language.
In September, the National Universities Commission (NUC) had said some states sponsor students to sub-standard universities and Ukraine was one of the countries mentioned.
Isoh said, “One thing I will like to say about education in this place, and this is something we intend to package in a report to government to see how this can be propagated back home – I do not think that Nigerians get the best when it comes to studying in this place in the English language.”
Isoh said the lure for most parents is the low cost of tuition which is about $3,000 for a course that could cost up to $20,000 in the United States or Canada.
But despite this advantage he said, “The people who teach them in English language are natives of this country who are also not very proficient in the language.”
Isoh who also commented on universities offering medical courses said, “We don’t think that Nigerian medical doctors trained in English speaking universities here get the best. But those who endeavour to learn the language and then attend lectures with the natives certainly get better trained.”
He said his best advice to parents would be to get the children to study the local language first to get the best of their education system.
Executive Secretary of NUC Professor Julius Okojie also made reference to a university in Ukraine where there are over 800 medical students and some of the students do not have the qualification in basic sciences.