Written by Godfrey AKON

Secondary education commission yet to take off

The approval by President Muhammadu Buhari for the establishment of a Secondary Education Commission to supervise secondary schools in the country is yet to be implemented.

Former Nigeria’s Minister of State for Education, Prof Anthony Anwukah, had announced the approval of the supervisory agency at a valedictory ceremony in honour of himself and Adamu adamu as Minister of Education.

But nothing is visibly on ground for the take-off of the agency anytime soon, despite its celebrated approval by notable stakeholders such as the Nigeria Union of Teachers, NUT, which has been an advocate for the establishment of the agency.

Anwukah had also said the federal government reviewed downwards the charges in Unity Colleges from N83,000 to N49,500 and pegged PTA levy at N5,000 across boards, putting an end to arbitrary charges of N75,000, which hindered some parents from sending their children to the colleges.

While dismissing the rumoured privatisation of the colleges the minister said, “Unity Schools in Nigeria will remain as long as the Buhari administration is in power.

‘‘Having taken this position, we embarked upon the rehabilitation of unity colleges in all the ramifications required.

“The Buhari administration had spent a total of seven billion naira on the provision of security infrastructure in the last four years. ‘‘Against the backdrop of insecurity in the northeast, affected by ‘Boko Haram’ as well as incidents of kidnapping in parts of the country, the federal government decided to provide basic security facilities in all unity schools.

‘‘In spite of the economic down turn, we have done well in terms of investment in capital expenditure.

‘‘In terms of improving funding for the education sector, I am optimistic that the federal government will expeditiously look into the recommendations we have made in that respect,’’ he said.

Anwukah emphasised that if education could be adequately funded, the country would be able to compete with the world in the area of global knowledge.



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