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‘Planned increase in education budget still falls short of requirement’

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The Corporate Accountability and Public Participation Africa (CAPPA), at the weekend, commended the Federal Government’s plan to increase the yearly budgetary allocation to education by 50 per cent in the next two years.

It, however, insisted that the increase remained insignificant, as it would only push the overall share of education in the national budget from 5.6 per cent to 8.6 per cent.

In a statement in Lagos by CAPPA Director of Programmes, Philip Jakpor, the group said President Muhammadu Buhari’s pledge to increase the budget for education at the recently-concluded Global Education Summit in the United Kingdom (UK) fell far short of the UNESCO’s recommendations, insisting that for Nigerians to truly enjoy robust and quality education that will lead to national development, anything short of the UNESCO recommendation, as amplified in the Abidjan Principles, would not work.

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Executive Director of CAPPA, Akinbode Oluwafemi said: “While we commend the government for the proposal to increase the share of education in the national budget, we must restate the fact that Nigerians deserve the best.”

He frowned on the meagre share that education gets in Nigeria’s yearly budget when compared to defence, cautioning that Nigeria would be left behind in technological advancement if funding and access to education were not quickly addressed.

MEANWHILE, candidates who sat for this year’s Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) will on August 31, 2021 know the minimum admission cut-off marks for the 2021/2022 academic session.

According to a bulletin issued by the board yesterday, decision will be reached on the new cut-off marks and other admission issues in a policy meeting scheduled for August 31.

The bulletin read in part: “The meeting is expected to chart policy directions for the nation’s tertiary institutions, set admission guidelines and present application statistics, candidates’ performance, as well as evaluate the 2020 admission exercise.

“The meeting would take a stand on acceptable minimum admissions standards to be applied in all admissions by all tertiary institutions in Nigeria.”

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