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ADDRESS BY PROF. O.O ANOWOR DURING THE FIRST SOUTH-EAST EDUCATION SUMMIT ORGANIZED BY THE CONSULTATIVE FORUM OF VICE-CHANCELLORS OF SOUTH-EAST UNIVERSITIES (REVIVING INTEREST IN EDUCATION IN THE SOUTH-EAST ZONE OF NIGERIA

March 27, 2014

AUTHOR: PROF. O.O. ANOWOR

AFFILIATION: ENUGU STATE UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY, ENUGU      

 Recently the Consultative Forum Gf Vice-Chancellors of South Eastern Universities in its brochure on its Annual Education Summit observed what it termed “the rapid erosion of educational values in the zone”. In more specific terms, the Forum further observed that “our youths now prefer to acquire wealth within the shortest possIble time rather than acquiring relevant education. Both teachers and students lack dedication and commitment to school work. Also there is poor public esteem for academics in comparison to those who have acquired material wealth’. The observed devaluation of educational values in the South Eastern zone of Nigeria is traceable to decline of interest in education among the inhabitants. Educational historians have it on record that soon after the introduction of formal education in Nigeria in the 19th century, the Igbos of Eastern Nigeria showed extra-ordinary enthusiasm and drive toward formal education.

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EDUCATION AND BUSINESS ENTREPRENEURSHIP

March 27, 2014

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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ADDRESS BY PROF. E.U. AKUSOBA DURING THE FIRST SOUTH-EAST EDUCATION SUMMIT ORGANIZED BY THE CONSULTATIVE FORUM OF VICE-CHANCELLORS OF SOUTH-EAST UNIVERSITIES(THE FAMILY, THE CHURCH AND SOCIETY AS AGENTS IN REVIVING EDUCATIONAL VALUES IN SOUTH EASTERN STATES OF NIGERIA.)

March 27, 2014

AUTHOR: PROF. E.U. AKUSOBA

AFFILIATION: NNAMDI AZIKIWE UNIVERSITY, AWKA     

 The theme of this seminar indicates that the organizers and many of us participants are not amateur bunglers in education. It indicates that we are aware that education is the most reliable ,instrument of social mobility and cohesion, one of the essential determinants of the destiny of a nation in terms of social, political and economic development. I am not too sure, however, that many of us here easily recognize education as a process through which the society transmits, preserves and improves its culture, as a process of culture package handover to the younger generation to enable these young people maintain the present achievements and standards and to improve on these. Many of us in the academy of education certainly realize that the culture package transmission occurs in quanta at the levels of the family, the school, the church and society which are agents that are mutually non-exclusive. In this discourse, therefore, sharp demarcations between the competing contributions of these various agents may not be very self evident and delineated. Let me however, opine that schooling, though a process of education, is not education. If attending institutions of learning meant education, we would not be here discussing educational values and how to revive them; we would have turned our attention to school achievements and values.

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ADDRESS BY PROF. ELIZABETH EKE DURING THE FIRST SOUTH-EAST EDUCATION SUMMIT ORGANIZED BY THE CONSULTATIVE FORUM OF VICE-CHANCELLORS OF SOUTH-EAST UNIVERSITIES (EDUCATION AT THE CROSSROADS IN THE SOUTH-EAST ZONE OF NIGERIA: VALUES, PERCEPTIONS AND NEW DIRECTIONS)

March 27, 2014

AUTHOR: PROFESSOR ELIZABETH EKE

AFFILIATION: UNIVERSITY OF NIGERIA, NSUKKA     

I feel greatly honoured to be given the opportunity of presenting a keynote address at this Southeast Education Summit. When the Chairman, Conference Organizing Committee, Professor E.O. Akuezuilo, called me on Friday night to urge me to take on the keynote address because the original keynote speaker, Professor Ben Nwabueze would not be able to attend, I virtually panicked. My weekend was already fully booked as I was travelling and I told him I would not know how to put together a paper of this nature in two days! Nevertheless, I am here. It is indeed a privilege to appear before this star-studded audience of chieftains, gurus, leaders, stakeholders, policy makers and consumers of education. In humility, I apologize for the shortcomings in case this hurried keynote address does not meet your expectation and also plead for protection for the feminine gender if, at times, the paper sounds too blunt. We, however, must tell ourselves some home truths.

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ADDRESS BY PROF. O. C. NWANA DURING THE FIRST SOUTH-EAST EDUCATION SUMMIT ORGANIZED BY THE CONSULTATIVE FORUM OF VICE-CHANCELLORS OF SOUTH-EAST UNIVERSITIES (THE STATE OF EDUCATIONAL VALUES IN THE SOUTH-EASTERN ZONE OF NIGERIA)

March 27, 2014

AUTHOR: PROF O.C. NWANA

AFFILIATION: ABIA STATE UNIVERSITY, UTURU- ABIA STATE   

 The concept of educational values can be treated from a variety of perspectives. One view would consider the value placed on education through a treatment of what can be regarded as the aims, goals, and objectives of education. This treatment would lead one into the philosophical issues of what education is greatest worth for the South-Eastern zone of Nigeria in particular, and Nigeria in general. Another view would consider a variety of inputs, transactions, and outputs of the educational system and thereafter extract indices of whether or not the system is performing well either in absolute terms or in relative terms in the South-Eastern zone of Nigeria. Judging by the varied disputations regarding the so-called falling standards of education in the South-Eastern zone and elsewhere in the entire country, and the fact that some other lead papers at this summit will treat social, religious, and ethical issues, it is considered that the second perspective of values, namely a consideration of inputs, transactions, and outputs would be more appropriate for this presentation. Within this context, the paper will present an array of statistical tables regarding the state of education in the South Eastern zone of Nigeria, and from these extract interpretations of the value of education in the zone.

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