The Executive Secretary of TETFund, Dr Abdullahi Bichi Baffa, who made this known in Abuja on Monday during an oversight visit to the agency by the House of Representatives Committee on Tertiary Education and Services, said substantial number of the scholarship beneficiaries are “studying at the bottom of the league universities.”
The Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) has decried the continuous choice of poorly ranked foreign universities by beneficiaries of its scholarship and academic training programme.
While expressing concerns on the low impact such beneficiaries will make on return to the country, Baffa said TETFund is working on a guideline that will henceforth make the choice of top world’s universities mandatory, even as he said that the release of grant for international academic conference organised by third parties will no longer be allowed.
Speaking further, Baffa said the TETFund had spent a whooping sum of N1.7 billion on the National Research Fund but the researches have failed to translate to any improvement in the ranking of tertiary institutions in the country.
“TETFund has spent N1.7 billion on National Research Fund but what has the nation benefitted? Grants (to researchers) will henceforth be based on performance-based research,” he said
Baffa cautioned tertiary education institutions against building ‘cubicles’ or ‘matchbox’ structures to serve as physical infrastructures in schools, saying that 30 per cent of the criteria used in the ranking of universities is based on the environment.
On his part, the Chairman of House of Representatives Committee on Tertiary Education and Services, Hon Aminu Suleiman, commended TETFund for its various strides in ensuring the massive development in tertiary institutions across the country.
Suleiman, however, called for more attention in the area of provision of infrastructure to the 12 new federal universities established by the last administration, saying that facilities in the schools are not up to 30 per cent of what is required.
The committee chairman also appealed to TETFund to also address the infrastructural needs of tertiary institutions in the North East of the country as a result of the insurgency in the area that took a toll on them.