The minister of education, Mallam Adamu Adamu had stated that for the nation to achieve the goal of education 2030 Agenda, funding for education should not be exclusively reserve for federal, state and local government but should involve a collaborative effort of all stakeholders, corporate and private organisations. Speaking during the 63rd Meeting of the National Council of Education (NCE) ministerial session, Adamu stated that with a population of over 170 million, 45 per cent of which are below 15 years, the burden on education has become overwhelming on the three tiers of government. The theme of the session is ‘Funding of Education for the Achievement of Education 2030 Agenda’.
“In achieving the goals of education 2030 Agenda, conscious efforts must be made to increase funding of education”, Adamu noted adding: “This, however raises some fundamental questions which stakeholders here must address” Continuing, the education minister asked: “Since the Federal Government has committed 6 per cent of its 2017 budget to education, which is far below the UN benchmark, what is the responsibility of states, parents, and multinational companies in their domains doing to bridge the gap and provide the education sector a much needed life.
He urged members of the council to not only look into ways of
creating fund for education but to look into necessary tracking
mechanisms put in place to guarantee judicious and affective
use of the fund. Adamu however listed absence of reliable and realistic data as
part of the problems bedeviling the education sector stressing
that the federal government in recognition of the importance of
data has carried out massive school census to ascertain the
number of children attending schools in the country.
The meeting was attended by commissioners of education from states, FCT secretary for education, permanent secretaries from federal and state ministries of education, directors, chief executives of parastatals, the principal from Federal Unity Colleges and other stakeholders.
Meanwhile, about 2,274 internally displaced children from
Adamawa, Borno and Yobe have successfully been transferred
to 43 Federal Government Colleges in the country.
The minister of education revealed this during the 63rd Meeting of the National Council of Education (NCE) Ministerial Session in Abuja yesterday. Adamu explained that under the Safe School Initiative (SSI), in collaboration with the ministry of Finance and National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), the federal government has put things in place to not only protect the Nigerian children but to ensure that internally displaced children continue with their education.
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