Former Minister explains the reasons behind Nigerians seeking counterfeit degrees in Benin.

Former Minister explains the reasons behind Nigerians seeking counterfeit degrees in Benin.

 

 

In an exclusive interview with TEMITOPE ADETUNJI, former Minister of Education, Prof. Tunde Adeniran, delves into the pressing concern of counterfeit degree certificates originating from universities in Benin Republic and its detrimental impact on Nigeria’s education system.

Q: Can you provide your insights on the prevalence of fake certificates from universities in Benin Republic and its impact on the education system in Nigeria?

A: The prevalence of fake certificates from Benin Republic’s universities is a stark reflection of the flaws in our society. It indicates a shift away from valuing genuine knowledge acquisition to a focus on mere credentials. Sadly, individuals are no longer driven by a thirst for true education; instead, attention is disproportionately given to paper certificates. The problem lies in the undue emphasis on possessing a school certificate without a genuine commitment to learning.

In our country, the emphasis on paper certificates undermines the education system. The mindset is, “Produce the required certificate, pay the necessary fees, and that’s the end of it.” This approach has led to a situation where individuals, claiming to be graduates, struggle to construct coherent sentences or write a simple one-paragraph memo. This deviation from the essence of education hampers our national development.

The infiltration of these individuals with questionable credentials into our systems is a cause for concern. To address this, our recruitment processes must be more diligent, careful, and thorough. It is crucial to recognize the need for a comprehensive restructuring of the entire system, ensuring that individuals are evaluated based on merit rather than merely presenting certificates.

Obtaining a degree should signify more than just possessing a piece of paper; it should represent the intellectual and moral training that goes into producing a qualified graduate. However, the current trend allows individuals to obtain degrees from anywhere, contributing to issues such as underpayment and non-payment of salaries. The prevalence of fake certificates is indeed a tragic situation that demands urgent attention and reform.

 

 

SOURCE: PUNCH NEWS

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