Written by Godfrey AKON

TETFund responsible for 70% of infrastructure in tertiary institutions

Nearly 70 per cent of infrastructures in public tertiary institutions are built by the Tertiary Education Trust Fund TETFund, the Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, has said.

Adamu, who stated this during the study tour of the 32nd Class of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, NIPSS, Kuru, said in the last three years, more than 40,000 teachers in universities, polytechnics and colleges of education have been sponsored by TETFund both at home and abroad to acquire higher qualifications and skills.

Represented by the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Education, Arc. Sonny Echono, the minister announced that government was on the verge of unveiling a major policy shift that will see to the establishment of more tertiary institutions by the federal government in the months ahead.

He said as government envisages this potential expansion in the number of institutions, it is also considering ways of dealing with the issue of availability of quality lecturers to man the institutions.

“We want to see how we can mobilise even captains of industries, professionals and technocrats that have already demonstrated their competencies in their various fields and to encourage them to go back to our university system to lend their experience and to assist the traditional lecturers in those institutions in building up our human capital,” he said.

Adamu commended NIPSS for the innovation of bringing participants of the course out of the classrooms instead of keeping them in Kuru for four weeks to get theoretical insights and go back to their institutions.

“I urge you, think beyond the box, look beyond your immediate sector and look at the various linkages that occur within the various sectors of our government in deciding how best to develop our country,” he stated.

The minister lamented the huge backlog of applicants who are left out admissions every year, stating that “every year 1.6 to 1.7 million Nigerians apply for admission into our tertiary institutions and presently we are hovering between 600 and 700 thousand that get admissions into either our colleges of education, polytechnics or our universities.

“A large proportion of that go outside the country and many more are rolled over to succeeding years and also building up frustration within the system.

“And that is why this government has adopted a multifaceted approach to expanding access to tertiary education. We are encouraging the registration of private institutions to complement government’s effort.”

Earlier, the Managing Consultant of NIPSS, Asipita Umar, said about 40 participants of the institute were participating on the 2018 course with the focus of reviewing [policy issues related to tertiary institutions management policy framework.

Umar expressed hope that apart from receiving them during the occasion, as they continue with the course, the ministry will take advantage of the programme to own the policy and strategy scheme of the critical members of staff.

“The course is a four weeks course designed by the national institute to complement the 10 month senior executive course which is designed for the top echelon of executives in public and private sector organisations,” he said.

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