29 September 2012

Nigeria: NGO, Can Advocate Investment in Education, Review of Curriculum

Society for Youth Research in Nigeria, an NGO, has called for more investment in the education sector of the country.

Mr Olawale Rasheed, the Executive Director of the society, made the call on Friday in an interview with NAN in Abuja.

Rasheed, who was reacting to the fall in the standard of education in Nigeria, identified poor funding as the major cause of the poor standard of education in Nigeria.

According to him, learning can only be effective when carried out in a conducive environment with adequate funding.

"There should be more funding in the education sector; monitoring mechanism should also be put in place to ensure the effective use of money disbursed.

"Government at all levels should improve on the school environment. It is through the rehabilitation of school infrastructure that learning can yield fruits in our country," Rasheed said.

He urged parents to monitor the activities of their children regularly to guard them against indulging in vices.

Also speaking, Mr Simon Dolly, the Youth President of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), called on government at all levels to include entrepreneurial training in the school curriculum for the youths to learn skills that would make them become self-reliant and employers of labour.

He called on the present administration to make education a priority in its transformation agenda programme through massive investment.

He called for the training and retraining of teachers on learning methods, in line with international best practices, to restore growth and development in the nation's education system.


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