Nigerian parents have acknowledged their role in the alarming rise of illegal degree-awarding institutions across the country.
The National Universities Commission (NUC) revealed that the increasing demand for university certification by parents has contributed significantly to the proliferation of unaccredited institutions and satellite campuses.
In response to the NUC’s statement, Mr. Abdulazeez, a resident of Kwara state, highlighted the desperation of parents as a key factor driving the surge in illegal institutions. He emphasized the need for parents to be well-informed about the universities they intend to send their children to, urging them to prioritize accredited institutions.
An anonymous parent shed light on how societal pressure, particularly from the lower class, contributes to the problem. The desire for children to match up to the standards set by the elite is identified as a significant factor driving parents towards illegal degree-awarding institutions.
Both Mr. Abdulazeez and the anonymous parent stressed that merely building more legal universities would not solve the problem. They advocated for the shutdown of illegal universities as the most effective solution.