The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has urged the elites to encourage their dependents to obtain their first degree in Nigeria before going for further studies abroad.
JAMB Registrar Prof. Ishaq Oloyede gives the advice, while speaking with newsmen on the sidelines of a workshop on intensive training and sensitisation forum on central admissions processing system for the 2017/2018 academic session.
According to him, it will be worthwhile for the children to obtain the first degree in Nigeria where the public and private institutions are of high quality and standard, rather than study abroad at institutions that are of poor quality and low standard.
He said, “It is better for the elite in Nigeria to let their wards and children attend universities, higher institutions in Nigeria, at least for the first degree.
“But if they wish to go for Masters, PhD and so on elsewhere, there is nothing bad about that.
“But for the first degree, we have enough universities here – both public and private because when most of them go outside Nigeria to study, they do that at private institutions.
“And I know countries in Africa where Nigerian students constitute 90 per cent of the class in every set as if those institutions were set up for Nigerians.
“What we are saying is that you have better value if you send your children to private universities in Nigeria than sending them to study at private universities of poor quality outside Nigeria.’’