Basic education to get 3% from consolidated revenue fund
The Federal Government said it has proposed a legislation to increase funding to the nation’s basic education sector from the consolidated revenue fund.
Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, said the move would see an increase from the current two to three per cent of statutory allocation from consolidated revenue fund to basic education, with further one per cent to be invested in senior secondary education segment.
Speaking at a meeting between management of Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) and Chairmen of State Universal Basic Education Boards (SUBEBs) in Benin, Edo State, the minister said the present administration is also committed to bridging the national skills-gap by supporting institutions and establishing new ones to accelerate the production of trained manpower for the different sectors of national economy.
Represented by the Director, Basic Education, Federal Ministry of Education, Dr. Folake Olatunji-David, the minister said the Federal Government will ensure that the interventions have long lasting dividends towards the empowerment and enlightenment of the Nigerian child.
The minister expressed hope that resolutions reached at the meeting would enhance education of the Nigerian child, whose success and progress underpins the overall progress of the nation and serve as hope for future generations.
Adamu also called on SUBEB Chairmen, who are direct supervisors of basic education implementation, to work in collaboration with the Minister of State for Education, private proprietors and other non-state actors /non- governmental organisations, to create the enabling environment for enhanced quality teaching and learning in schools.
On his part, Executive Secretary of UBEC, Dr. Hamid Bobboyi, said the commission is working to ensure equitable and quality basic education for all children of school age and would not relent in its efforts.
He explained that the success of any system of education is hinged on proper planning and effective implementation.
“This is what UBEC and SUBEB are striving to achieve through their partnership,” he said.