Abuja, 11 December, 2022 / 8:22 pm (ACI Africa).
The education system in Nigeria is becoming irrelevant, the Catholic Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Abuja in the West African nation has said.
In his address during the 11th convocation of Veritas University in his Metropolitan See, Archbishop Ignatius Ayau Kaigama said Catholic schools can provide “the last viable alternatives” and called upon students in these institutions to aim at becoming well-rounded persons.
“Catholic schools still represent one of the last viable alternatives to an education system that is fast getting out of touch and losing relevance,” Archbishop Kaigama said in the address published Tuesday, December 6 on his Facebook page.
Referencing John Henry Newman’s preface in his book, “The Idea of a University”, the Nigerian Archbishop said, “The goal of a Catholic university should be to make its students gentlemen rather than simply to protect the interests and advance the dominion of science.”
He urged students at Veritas University, an institution founded by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN), to apply what they have learned to transform society.