Chief Afe Babalola, authorized silk and college investor, is indignant — indignant that college final-year college students weren’t amongst these to renew college, this COVID-19 season, like main 6, JS Three and SS 3.
His ire is particularly directed on the “all-mighty” Tutorial Workers Union of Universities (ASUU), which he guessed will need to have muscled the Federal Authorities, from extending college resumption to the college finalists.
Even then, in a press release signed by Tunde Olofintila, Head, Company Affairs, Afe Babalola College, Ado Ekiti (ABUAD), Chief Babalola propounded a moderately bizarre coverage, that just about equates schooling apartheid, in a pandemic.
He (nicely, the ABUAD spokesperson, talking in his identify) wished the Federal Authorities would grant non-public universities’ final-year college students a waiver to renew, leaving their public college counterparts within the lurch.
And why? The authorized silk’s Nigerian Ivy League concept: “Already, within the non-public universities in Nigeria, an Ivy League just like that in America is rising.
To me, the highest rating non-public universities needs to be the mirror or the template for resumption of scholars due to the hygienic, secure atmosphere and the undoubted self-discipline amongst college students and lecturers.” Nonetheless, what of personal universities outdoors this “Ivy League?”
Now, that well-serenaded “self-discipline” will need to have emerged from this stunning ode, in the identical assertion, to non-public universities, by the ABUAD founder: “Most non-public universities are reputed for his or her ethical and bodily self-discipline, high quality and practical schooling, hygienic and secure atmosphere, predictable educational calendar, absence of commerce unionism, dedicated lecturers, trendy educating tools and laboratories, and enough preparation to forestall COVID-19”.
Fantastic traits, to make sure — besides that “absence of commerce unionism” smells just like the college workers in a navy barrack; and “ethical and bodily self-discipline”, a euphemism for the college churning out zombies — youths who even have to take exeats, earlier than leaving campuses, like some secondary faculties or monasteries!
Want Hardball state the 2 — workers regimentation and college students as digital zombies — buck the very essence of the college, the place younger adults are allowed to make youthful errors and self-correct?
Nonetheless, it’s respectable alternative: splash the money to coach your youngsters and wards as college zombies or mount a vigorous marketing campaign to repair public universities, at the same time as each compete for pupil intakes.
To be truthful, Chief Babalola has been constant in pitching his college — no crime! When COVID-19 broke out, he lashed on the Federal Authorities for shutting universities when his “all-mighty” (ah, that phrase once more!) ABUAD college students have been writing their semester examination!
He stated that motion would make his ABUAD calendar much less “predictable”, as public universities. However had the federal government cowered and ABUAD was struck by a significant COVID-19 disaster, who would have borne the blame?
Let the chief market his funding as a lot as he needs — that’s respectable. What just isn’t, is utilizing public universities, which most Nigerian properties nonetheless patronize, as a battering ram.
That’s not solely insensitive, it’s provocative in a area the place Chief Obafemi Awolowo left a legacy of schooling for granted for all, not some particular privilege for some moneyed class. And no — nothing can justify instructional apartheid.