The Federal Government has been advised to ensure adequate budgetary allocation to the nation’s education sector in order to save it from total collapse.
Prof. Sherrif Folarin of the Department of Political Science, Covenant University, Ota in Ogun, gave the advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Ota on Wednesday.
He expressed worry that the education sector was one of the least funded in developing nations of the world.
He said: “The federal and state governments have failed in the country’s education system due to their inability to allocate adequate funds to the sector.
“The country’s education system is being powered today by the private sector. This is why there are so many competitions from the nursery to the tertiary institutions.”
The don alleged that previous administrations paid lip service to the development of the education sector, hence the need to advise President Muhammadu Buhari to do the needful in his second tenure.
He specifically urged the president to allocate more funds to the sector in the nation’s annual budget to ensure regular payment of teachers’ salaries and overall development of the sector.
He said that conscious efforts must be made to ensure that the nation’s education ranked among the best in the world.
The political scientist also advised the Federal Government to follow the international benchmark in its efforts to achieve sustainable development in the sector.
He further urged the government to recruit qualified manpower for the nation’s primary, post-primary and tertiary educational institutions in order to ensure quality graduates.
Folarin underscored the need for regular and effective monitoring by appropriate regulatory government agencies to maintain standard and quality education.