The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) Registrar, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, has disclosed a laundry list of why the teeming universities in Africa don’t make the list of global best institutions, saying failure to address the issues pinpointed will not only keep the universities off global radar, but also cause perpetual setback for the continent.

JAMB’s spokesman, Dr. Fabian Benjamin, who disclosed the observation on Sunday in Abuja,  said Oloyede listed the points in a paper he presented at a conference of West Africa Universities held in Senegal.

Accordiong to him, Oloyede listed differences in education system in the region, weaker internal assessment mechanism, superficial external quality assurance system, lack of uniformity in accreditation agencies autonomy, proliferation of institutions, as being few factors responsible for poor quality and weak education system.

Benjamin explained that Oloyede challenged participants at the conference to critically deliberate on the aforementioned issues and proffer suggestions that would herald significant transformation in African education system.

It was learnt that Oloyede shared his University of Ilorin (UNIILORIN) experiences, where he said deliberate efforts were made to offer admission opportunities to eligible students from neighboring West African countries, maintaining that quality and stronger academic programmes would attract foreign students.

According to Daily Sun’s report, JAMB has concluded plans to offer scholarship to foreign students with outstanding academic performance in the 2019 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME), and are interested in schooling in Nigeria.