AUTHOR:JULIUS O. ONAH
AFFILIATION: UNIVERSITY OF NIGERIA, ENUGU CAMPUS, ENUGU
Ladies and gentlemen, I thank you for inviting me to share my thoughts with you on my pet subject. When I got your invitation I had two minds; whether to accept or turn down the invitation without a word to you. Yes; tun it down because the South-Eastern Universities have beer operating as competitors rather than cooperators. After serious deliberations and looking back at your letter head which included a review of the nomenclature of your letter head, namely: “Consultative Forum of Vice-Chancellors of South-East Universities”, I felt that you might now be talking as c body. I also decided to talk because this is my pet subject and keeping quiet will not help to solve the problems facing us. I was also impressed by the broad theme of the Summit which reads – “Education at Crossroads in South-East Zone of Nigeria: Values, Perceptions and New Directions”. This is an appropriate theme which has many dimensions, particularly now that, our boys are boycotting education for business, while our girls are pursuing education in order to qualify for business or rich husbands. It is also appropriate because our education system is no longer relevant to the needs of our society. It is being said that we are now producing unemployable graduates whose only hope for work is the One Year National Service.
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