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Afe’s Ivy League – Newest Nigeria Information, Nigerian Newspapers, Politics

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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.

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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”.

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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!

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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.

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