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FCTA Seeks Alternative Funding For Basic Education

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Worried by the challenges of inadequate funding in public schools in the nation’s capital, the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) said that it is seeking for alternative sources of funding for basic education in the territory.

Federal Capital Territory (FCT) permanent secretary, Sir Chinyeaka Ohaa, who disclosed this at a ‘Stakeholders Conference on Funding of Public Schools and Skills Acquisition Centres in FCT’, organised by the Education Secretariat in Abuja yesterday, noted that it has become imperative to seek for alternative ways of funding basic education.

Ohaa pointed out that the challenging economic situation in the country has forced many parents to withdraw their children from private institutions and enroll them in public schools which, he noted, has resulted to over stretched facilities in public schools.

“The need to seek for alternative sources of funding outside of government subsections has therefore become imperative.  Government alone cannot and indeed should not be left alone to fund education.

It is therefore gratifying to note that the focus of this conference is to address issues concerning  the proper manage of school resources and also seek other options for the adequate funding of FCT public schools and vocational centres,” Ohaa explained.

He therefore urged the participants to make meaningful presentations and contributions in order to come up with a satisfactory framework that would not only ensure optimal utilisation of funds, but also provide sustainable options for funding of schools and vocational centres, while ensuring accountability and transparency in the management of resources by the schools.

Earlier in his welcome address, the secretary for Education Secretariat, Dr Bala Mohammed Liman, explained that the conference was conceived after a careful consideration of the myriad of complaints and reports on school fee charges in the FCT public school system.

He continued, “The issues that the Education secretariat was confronted with which required urgent interventions includes, determining and justifying how free education is in the territory in the light of some charges pupils/students have to pay in public basic schools; defending the variations in school charges among Basic Primary/Junior  schools Defending why some of the charges are collected in cash while others are through banks; examining the level of application and utilization of funds by schools, and also verifying the integrity of both the internal and external control and accounting procedures and processes.”

 

 

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