School’s alumni decry poor budgetary allocation to sector
Old students of Jibowu High School have decried the poor budgetary allocation to the sector by successive governments, describing it as extremely low.
President of the association, Abiodun Ariyibi implored the government to increase the financial plan allotted to learning, saying this would assist in boosting the delivery.
He spoke at the association’s visit to the school to distribute education materials.
Ariyibi noted that in some countries of the world, specifically, Finland, it is the best brains that take up teaching jobs, which has helped in the development of the country.
He lamented that the quality of teaching staffs in the country is not encouraging, saying they need to be open to continuous training.
Ariyibi however bemoaned the rate at which students are distracted by the social media, saying this has also contributed to the decline in the sector.
He then urged the private sector and well meaning Nigerians to assist the government in running the sector.
“The recurrent expenditure of running a school is very huge. Government alone cannot do it that is why there is need for private individuals to support. However I will implore the government to increase the budget on education. In Finland, if you have first class, you must teach and the teachers get attractive salaries. By the time we adopt similar things in Nigeria, the quality of the trainer will impact positively on the students.
Therefore there should continuous training of teachers and also, they should be well remunerated. Their salaries are not encouraging compared with their colleagues around the world.
Financial secretary of the association, Mr. Tosin Kadiri, also noted that the deplorable state of the sector calls for an urgent intervention.
He noted that it is only education that can deliver the country from its mirage of problems.
“The laxity on education in the country is a dangerous occurrence that if not properly addressed, may put the future of Nigeria in danger. That is why as old students, we decided to contribute our quota. The fallen education standard is of great concern to all of us, particularly for some us who had the benefit of free education. Government should make education a priority and make it as free as possible because any society that provides good and quality education, is preparing such for a greater future.