University access and ‘comparative disadvantage’ in Nigeria: a reflection on the criticality of equity for sustainable development

Agbaire, Jennifer (2018) University access and ‘comparative disadvantage’ in Nigeria: a reflection on the criticality of equity for sustainable development. International Journal of Higher Education and Sustainability, 2 (1). pp. 64-79. ISSN 2056-4023

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Abstract

Notwithstanding the revamped attention to equity in higher education the world over, it is pertinent to realistically address several fundamental issues if equitable access to higher education for sustainable development is indeed envisaged. What is the understanding of equal in the context of everyday African society and how has this affected access policy implementation? What roles have existing higher education access practices played in achieving inclusion of marginalised groups? Could policy definitions of disadvantage, under-representation and vulnerability have been misplaced, flawed, or outdated? What should new equity reforms be targeted at, or more problematic, how should they be targeted? These profound questions provoke the thinking in this paper using the lingering crisis of university admission in Nigeria as a case study within the context of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The paper critically reflects on the countrys merit-driven application system and ambiguous quota admissions policy to illustrate the possibility of persistent exclusion and heightened inequalities should the status quo remain. It ultimately calls for the need to contextually rethink equity policies and practices towards the achievement of the SDGs.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Education and Social Work > Education
Subjects: L Education
Depositing User: Deeptima Massey
Date Deposited: 15 May 2018 13:35
Last Modified: 01 Jul 2019 13:16
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/75825

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