Stakeholders disagree with NUC on her 11 year proposal for medical studies in Nigeria, criticize Okojie harshly
– By Agbuegba Gabriel Eshio with additional report by Tony Osas Okungbowa
Lagos – Education :- Stakeholders in the education sector have reacted swiftly to the recent pronouncement by the Nigeria University Commission, NUC, that students seeking to study medicine in Nigeria will now spend 11years against the 6 years that have been the duration before now saying it is expensive, discouraging and will lead to death in medical doctors in Nigeria.
Reacting to this, Deputy Director, Distance learning Institute, DLI, University of Ibadan, Professor Oyesoji Aremu, said, 11years for medical education appears too much a year to spend in medical school. Explaining the negative impact this will have on students, parents, profession and the nation, he said it would affect the number of students that will henceforth seek to study medicine in the country. He said this may lead to a dearth in medical personnel in the country which in turn will affect Nigerians.
According to Prof. Aremu, with the new policy, it will now take an individual 29years to be a medical doctor provided that he/she enters the university at the age of 17.
Also reacting, Deputy Vice Chancellor, University of Calabar, UNICAL, Professor Florence Banku-Obi, said “NUC just made a statement that has no policy or curriculum to back them on that. She said “What the NUC could have done was to break the 11years into two, adding that students should be given the opportunity to graduate in the first phase before continuing with medicine if they so wished.
Using Ghana as a case study, Prof. Banku-Obi said, in Ghana, for you to study medicine, you must have graduated with first degree and get matured. She said, if it is the maturity that the NUC were looking for, they should take a clue from Ghana, were after first degree whosoever wish to continue in medicine can then proceed and those that will discontinue could go look for jobs with their first degree.
Also reacting, vehemently, from the disapora, 2003 author of the novel “The Winds of Life” and Executive Director of The Pedagogues Educonsult, a Benin-based educational consultancy registered in Nigeria since 2008, Saintmoses Eromosele, opined that the NUC, in conceiving this policy, clearly demonstrated that its leadership needs urgent serious overhaul because they are far removed from the realities of contemporary times. In a press release, Eromosele, said “I think Professor Okojie is too old to be head of NUC. Frankly. He ought to have resigned some twenty something years ago and take the backstage and see how young people are in charge of today’s world. By the calculation of the current educational system in Nigeria, a medical doctor would be minimum 23 years, considering that she or he was admitted at 16 years of age and would spend one year for post-degree internship and another one year in the national youth service. If Professor Okojie thinks that a 23 years old is not psychologically matured to be a medical doctor in today’s world, then he needs to resign because he has no business heading an institution that is designed to groom youths to take over. By the way, on a serious note, this policy is pointless should, to all intents and purposes, not stand.”
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