Fewer than 50% of lecturers have PhDs

A deputy director at the National Universities Commission, or NUC, Ashafa Ladan, disclosed recently that fewer than 50% of Nigerian university lecturers have doctoral degrees, writes Hammed Shittu for This Day.

Ladan made this disclosure in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital, while delivering a lecture on the "Challenges of Private Universities' Proprietorship in Nigeria" at the founder's day ceremony of Al-Hikmah University, Ilorin. Ladan lamented that inadequate teaching personnel at the universities has a negative effect on accreditation performance of most universities. He added that this shortfall had also affected the smooth running of many private universities in the country.

Enumerating the challenges confronting the over 50 private universities in the country, he said: "Most of the teaching staff in private universities are either employed on a sabbatical, visiting or adjunct basis due essentially to difficulty in attracting quality staff at this level."
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