94% of Nigerian Students’ Population in Public Tertiary Institutions, Says Bogoro

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By Martin Paul in Abuja


Executive Secretary, Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund), Professor Sulieman Bogoro, has said that 94 per cent of Nigerian students’ population attend public tertiary institutions across the country.

Bogoro said this is so because private institutions charge high tuition fees even as some would demand that such charges be paid in dollars and other foreign currencies.

Speaking when he received delegation of International Computer Driving Licence (ICDL- Africa) in his office, Bogoro said there was the need for Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) institutionalisation in the three tier tertiary education in the country.

He said the trend would continue until public tertiary institutions, made up of the universities, polytechnics and colleges of education, were able to come up strongly in competitiveness for rating and ranking among world best.

“It  is because of our level of development, we are not there yet, but with independence of the private tertiary institutions, we shall be there very soon” and commended Covenant University for being afloat with world record, which he said the University of Ibadan (UI) had been leading the way for years now.

Earlier, the leader of the delegation, Solange Umulisa, from Rwanda, had told the TETFund management that there were in Nigeria in partnership with E-TECH officials, their representation in Nigeria,  to solicit for collaboration for the training of academic and non-academic staff of tertiary institutions in the country on the use of ICT in teaching and learning processes.

She said: “In this Century, we expect people to use technology in teaching and learning” and extended invitation to Bogoro to visit Rwanda, which he accepted not only to visit the country, but to  partner with  ICDL in bringing technology teaching and learning to institutions in the country.
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