Vice-Chancellor of Babcock University, Ilisan-Remo, Ogun State, Prof. Ademola Tayo has said lack of moral values on the part of learners is the cause of bullying in schools across the country.
His observation was against the backdrop of the incident that happened at Dowen College, Lekki, Lagos, which led to the death of a 12-year-old student of the College, Sylvester Oromoni.
He added that adequate security measures should be put in place to check students with deviant behaviours.
Recall that there have been recurrent reports of students beating their teachers to death and students torturing their mates to deaths too.
“Gone are the days you run away when you see your teachers but today, teachers are the one running and been beaten by their learners. This is because our value system has gone upside down and this is the time to put value to everything we do in this country. As journalists, you need to emphasis value above money in your reports. I get enrage when we don’t celebrate those with brains and this is where your voice is needed.”
He explained that in a bid to avoid such an occurrence in the university ,Babcock established the Department of Security headed by a Ph.D. holder with a view to curtailing deviant behaviours of the students, saying there is a chaplaincy unit of the university that meets their spiritual needs.
He also called for a review of the Tertiary Education Trust Fund so that private universities could benefit from its funds.
He said “It is only when TETFund law is amended to accommodate private universities that we will be able to access it, and personally TETFUND should support grants for researches and human capital development in private universities in the country.”
On why Babcock increased its fees, Tayo said the development arose from skyrocketing prices of goods ,foodstuff and other essential services ,saying, Babcock University would not compromise its high standard, despite financial challenges posed by the present inflation in the country’s economy .
He said, “We have highly respected emeritus professors and other professors and we have to pay them good salary to retain them in the university to sustain the high standard for the students to continue to get quality education, our products are testimonies of quality education as reflected in various laurels won by the undergraduates.”
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