In an address to the Association and Committee of Vice Chancellors in 2009, One time NUC boss Okojie referred to a regulation called the Benchmark Minimum Academics Standard, or BMAS, which relates to the basic qualification a university teacher must possess. He said:
”If you don’t have a PhD, you cannot teach. It has been an old regulation in the university system. If you graduate with a first class or second class upper, we take you as a graduate assistant. You are a trainee fellow. You are not a lecturer. When you earn your masters, you become an assistant lecturer. You are still not a lecturer.
”A lecturer is an examiner. The day you obtain your PhD, even if you have never worked before, your first appointment is lecturer grade two. What has happened in the past is that because of the dearth of PhD holders, universities employed those with mature masters as a lecturer grade two.” However, Okojie added, an academic without a PhD is not an examiner and is excluded, among other things, from board of examiners’ meetings.
UNTIL WE START EMPLOYING DENTAL GRADUATE ASSISTANTS, THE RATE AT WHICH WE WOULD HAVE MASTER AND PhD HOLDERS WHO CAN TEACH OUR BASIC DENTAL COURSES WOULD REMAIN LOW