“Scrapping a well acclaimed University of Education which has graduated sets of students and has over 18,000 full and part-time students requires rethinking,’’ Oyesiku told the News Agency of Nigeria on Wednesday in Ijebu-Ode.
NAN recalls that the state government had on February 1 announced its intention to scrap TASUED.
The government had directed that TASUED should be made an institute under the Faculty of Education, Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye.
It said its decision to scrap the institution was based on the poor quality of its programmes, lack of focus and over staffing among other factors.
However, Oyesiku insisted that only the National Universities Commission could objectively make a pronouncement on any shortcoming.
He said in 2005, NUC officials, who visited the university on accreditation, allowed the institution to run all its programmes.
He added that in 2011, NUC, after another visit, gave the university the green light to commence some post-graduate programmes.
Oyesiku said, “The overall goal of establishing TASUED is to ensure equitable access to the growing population of tertiary education seeking youths of the state.’’