Buhari, FEC Members Meet Over Nigeria's Education Standard

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Kaduna - Kaduna state chapter of Conference of Nigeria Political Parties (CNPP) has called on the state government to shelve its plan to organise demonstration to drum up support for the government over the planned sack of over 21,000 primary school teachers.

In his opening remarks at a special retreat of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) on the challenges facing the education sector in Nigeria with the theme: Education in Nigeria: Challenges and Prospects, the president said it was no longer secret that the sector is in crisis especially with 13.2 million children out of school.

"I won't mention his name but when he went, he couldn't differentiate between the students, the children and the teachers".

Buhari said the summit was crucial to his administration's desire to improve the lot of Nigerians through the provision of quality and functional education for all, at all levels.

According to Mr. Adamu, President Buhari should pay attention to education the way he has done to insecurity and the economy.

The minister noted that since 1999 when democratic governments returned, annual budgetary allocation to education in Nigeria has been between four per cent and ten per cent.

He said this would enable the country change the fortunes of the system that will produce required manpower skills that can drive the socio-economic development of the nation.

The President said, "We can not progress beyond the level and standards of our education".

"None of the E9 or D8 countries other than Nigeria, allocates less than 20 per cent of its annual budget to education".

Mallam Adamu said nobody than government has the moral and resource capacity to intervene promptly, substantially and sustainably in all areas of education.

The Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, says the ruling All Progressives Congress-led Federal Government needs one trillion naira annually, to fulfill its campaign promises in education.

"We can not afford to continue lagging behind. We can minimize and in due course eliminate mediocrity in the education sector", the minister said. "There is need for a major investment in education in the national interest", he said.