The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, says it has discovered the reason African universities could not be found in the list of global best institutions.
It 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.
Speaking to a paper he presented at a conference of West Africa Universities held in Senegal, JAMB Registrar, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, insisted that until the points are addressed, African universities would continue to produce low quality graduates that would obviously not be able to defend their certificates in a global competition.
The JAMB spokesman, Dr. Fabian Benjamin, in a statement released in Abuja, on Sunday, quoted Oloyede as challenging participants at the conference to critically deliberate on the aforementioned issues and possibly offer superior suggestions that would herald significant transformation in African education system.
Oloyede took the opportunity to share the University of Ilorin (UNIILORIN) experience, where he claimed a deliberate effort was made to offer admission opportunities to eligible students from neighboring West African countries.
The UNIILORIN former VC, therefore, challenged African universities to develop appropriate policies, mechanisms and structures that would streamline and strengthen current efforts to ensure quality, relevance and excellence in African Universities research and education network.
He was equally convinced that quality and stronger academic programmes would attract foreign students and also ensure that a certain quarter of their admission space is set aside for international students.