Abeokuta - The Academic Staff Union of Secondary Schools (ASSUS) has said that shortage of staff, among other factors, was responsible for the falling standard of university education.
Mr Tunde Folarin Ogun, the state Chairman of the union, said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria
(NAN) in Abeokuta on Thursday.
Folarin added that inadequate funding and the lack of dedicated staff were also the bane of quality university education.
"That we have a falling standard of university education is incontrovertible and as such, we must strive to eliminate those factors identified as the bane of quality education in Nigeria.
"What other responsibility of government is more important than educating its citizens?
"No nation can afford to abandon education as doing so will be like a ship without a rudder;
"How will the nation develop without sound education?" he asked.
Folarin,expressed optimism that the nation‘s educational system would blossom and the economy would benefit, if the quality of education improved.
He charged members of staff and students to also make judicious use of resources made available to them, adding that various university authorities should also generate funds internally to ease pressure on
While urging unions to engage in negotiation with authorities before embarking on strike, he also enjoined governments at all levels to be sensitive to the yearnings of various unions.
"Strike should and must be a last resort and so, unions, government and authorities must do everything possible to avert strikes," he said.