TETFund Performance Chart Indicated Colleges ahead of Universities for the Period of over 5 Years’
The five years’ performance chart released by TETfund illustrated that the colleges of education in Nigeria perform better than the universities in accessing their annual allocations domiciled at the TETfund. The colleges of education accessed 7% of their annual allocations in 2016 while universities 1%, in 2015, universities accessed 4% while colleges of education accessed 20%. The performance chart of 2014 has shown that the colleges of education accessed 66% while universities 43%. In 2013, colleges of education accessed 81% while universities 77%. Lastly, 2012 performance chart put the colleges of education ahead of the universities with the colleges of education having 93% while universities 90% which is the closes in the last five years.
For the consecutive five years, colleges of education in Nigeria perform better than the universities in accessing their annual allocations. This translate to billions of naira un-access fund stash at the TETfund waiting for the beneficiary institutions to access. The universities are having billions of naira domiciled at the TETfund waiting for them to access and use it in the development and standardization of the universities. Though, the colleges of education are also having substantial amount of the fund at TETfund un-access but not up to that of the universities because of their performance.
However, a critical observation of both the colleges of education and universities performance in accessing their annual allocations is on the declined, significantly. For the universities, the performance tumble from 90% to 1% while that of the colleges of education deteriorated from 93% to 7%. If the trend continues in this manner without putting revival measure by the beneficiary institutions, it will reach a point where the performance of the beneficiary institutions will be 0%.
This is a source of worry for the federal government of Nigeria that have the mission of improving institutions in Nigeria to compete with their foreign counter part on the league table. This dream can only be achieved by maximum judicial utilization of the allocated funds at the critical areas and adequate funding. The areas of intervention by the TETfund include but not limited to: Research, equipment, building, staff development and training, information and communication technology, library development and journal production.
A delegation led by a deputy director, Kambari Umar Dauda who represented the TETfund executive secretary, organized an interesting interactive session between the college of education (technical), Gombe and the TETfund delegation. The interactive session witnessed series of presentations by personnel from different departments and units at the TETfund. The interactive session has clear so many issues that ordinarily scholars can’t get such information directly from the TETfund. However, the interactive session availed the opportunity for revealing such information. The presentations were excellent, motivating and educative. This is a new innovation by the TETfund and I hope it will continue annually because staff of the college really appreciated the interactive session.
The TETfund emphasised their commitment on the key performance index of institutional based research and national based research that require a scholar to publish in institute for scientific information (ISI) web of science (WoS) indexed journals with impact factor at the top tier (Q1 and Q2). To me, this is a welcome development and a U-turn from the previous practice of publishing in poor quality venues that has no value for the grant used to conduct the research. High quality research outputs, citations and international collaborations are among the major criteria used in ranking world institutions. The publication of research outputs in ISI WoS indexed journals typically generate very high number of citations and attract international collaborations. The publication of research outputs in ISI WoS indexed journals typically generate very high number of citations and attract international collaborations. Prestigious ranking bodies such as time higher education, QS world universities ranking, etc. used Scopus/WoS for extracting research data about institutions. So, by publishing in Q1 and Q2 ISI WoS indexed journals means increasing the visibility & value of the institutions in Nigeria.
Globally, leading researchers including Nobel laureate from the academics published in ISI WoS journals owned by Thompson Reuter’s. Thompson Reuters described WoS as “the world’s leading source of scholarly research data”.
In addition, an overwhelming majority of the journals indexed in ISI are from the USA. Currently, over 12, 000 of the ISI WoS journals are from the USA followed by England with over 2000. The second category of publications regarded as reputable in the world academic circle is publications indexed in the Scopus database owned by Elsevier. Elsevier is one of the top renown publishers in the world. Top leading institutions and other serious institutions subscript to Elsevier and Scopus for access to reputable publications. The ISI can be regarded as the subset of Scopus. The ISI indexed publications are also indexed in Scopus but not all Scopus indexed publications are found in ISI.
Dr. Haruna Chiroma
writes from Federal College of Education (Technical), Gombe.
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