The Registrar of Joint Admission Matriculation Board (JAMB), Prof. Ishaq Oleyede, has said that establishment of universities by people without experience in the education system will affect our nation.
He stated this at the weekend while delivering a keynote address on “Islamic universities: Integration of knowledge and sustainability,” held at Fountain University, Osogbo, Osun state.
Oloyede also attributed poor quality in the education sector to corruption, observing that corruption had greatly affected the quality and value of university education in the contemporary world.
According to Oloyede, the idea of the university in the contemporary world has become so corrupted that it is gradually losing its eternal and ethereal quality and value.
He frowned at the way universities are being established like business organisations, saying “they are being established by those with little or no pedigree in regard to education as a whole and Islamic education in particular.
“Nowadays, the pursuit of knowledge for knowledge sake has become arcane and trite; nowadays, universities are being established just like companies and business outfits are registered and established.
Oloyede who also charged Islamic universities to improve more in the area of research advised them to partner with other institutes for knowledge production.
“In the area of research outputs, Islamic universities should review existing but moribund memoranda of understanding which most of them have entered into over the years either with similar universities or with others that may be referred to as conventional universities.
“It has become more urgent than ever before that Islamic universities forge newer partnerships, explore and exploit areas of mutual advantages with the sole purpose of facilitating sustainable knowledge Integration, knowledge production, knowledge distribution and knowledge consumption.
Speaking, Gov. Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State, emphasised on the need to have a rethink on education.
Aregbesola who was the guest of honour described education that does not prepare the recipient to be efficient as “a waste.
President of the Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) and Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar, lauded Fountain University management for the conference.
Sultan, who was represented by Prof. Daud Noibi, urged the university not to relent in the sustainability of knowledge, especially as demanded by Islam.
By Saheed Adeyemi, Osogbo.