FG urged to make education funding a priority

The Chief Executives Officer of the Excellence Community Education Welfare Scheme,(EC Andy Ayo has advised the Federal Government to invest adequately in education and make funding of the sector a priority.

Ayo made the call while fielding questions from journalists on the sidelines of the 22nd anniversary of the organization in Abuja.

He said Nigeria needs to wake up to its reality and tackle the menace in the education sector “because working with the Oando foundation a couple of years ago in Bayelsa and River state,I learned that there are about 20,000,000 out-of-school children.

“We need to invest more in education. Our national budget for education is far below the standard. We need to invest more in ensuring that children have proper learning, learning aids within the school training, incentivizing teachers and all of that.

“Funding our education budget is so vital for us and especially now with the new administration, We should really begin to instigate new leadership at that local level

According to him , organizations like ECEWS, are always available to support government initiatives.We already working closely,with a few donor agencies, and also when seeking new monies to help can be of challenges but UK based non -governmental organization, Global Education grant always come through but it is not enough so the country needs to invest her own resources significantly in making sure the infrastructure is good within the school.

“The food they eat,school learning environment should be convenient and believe that school feeding is a good program but it was not better to manage because that should keep kids in school because of hunger around, having such ia big factor for keeping them in school”.

While lauding the students loan Bill scheme,he also faulted some shortcomings and the challenges for students, saying “The challenge for us as a country would be what are the employment opportunity rates because unemployment levels are pretty high.

“For example, if students graduate and there there are no opportunities for them to work, so how are they going to repay the loan, there are some people graduated since 10 years ago but there is no jobs, so government has to do something in that regard.

SOURCE: GUARDIAN

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