Daily Trust (Abuja)

Nigeria: Senate Committee Queries Poor Funding of Education

The Senate Committee on Education has condemned the poor funding of the educational sector. The chairman of the committee, Senator Uche Chukwumerije, stated this in Abuja during the budget defence of the Ministry of Education.

According to him, the N427.5 billion voted for the educational sector, out of the N4.92 trillion proposed for 2013, does not measure up to the 26 percent of the national budget recommended by UNESCO.

He said despite the intervention of TETF in funding special projects in tertiary institutions and UBEC in basic and secondary institutions, the capital cost of institutions ought to be increased to reposition the institutions in world ranking.

Education Minister Professor Ruqayatu Rufai told the committee that this year's budget would focus on teacher education and technical partnership as well as reposition tertiary institutions across the country.

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