Tertiary institutions in Nigeria have a shortfall of 61,738 academic staff especially in the fields of science and technology.
Secretary General Committee of Vice-chancellors Professor Mike Faborode, who said this during the presentation of Benchmark Minimum Academic Standards (BMAS) for postgraduate programmes at the National Universities Commission (NUC), said over 60 per cent of academic staff in the universities were in the category of Lecturer 1 and below.
Faborode said based on the most recent statistics, universities have a shortfall of 19,548 staff, polytechnics (17,078), Colleges of Education (14,858), National Open University of Nigeria (9,780) and the National Teachers Institute (474).
“These shortages are compounded by inter- and intra-sectoral brain drain and moonlighting,” he said.
Education Minister Professor Ruqayyatu Ahmed Rufa’I, who responded to paper presentation, said the Federal Government’s experience with the nine new universities showed that the shortfall of academics in the university system might be over exaggerated.
Nigeria currently has over 130 universities, more than 50 colleges of education, over 20 research institutes and about 36 polytechnics.