By Simon Ebegbulem
BENINâ€”THE National Association of Nigerian Students, NANSÂ urged the Federal Government, to urgently increase the budgetary allocation for the education sector to 26 percent as recommended by the United Nations Education Scientific and Cultural Organisation, UNESCO, so as to salvage the sector from crisis.
NANS at its Education Reforms Summit 2010, which took place at the University of Benin, Uniben, also demanded for the payment of bursaries and scholarships, people centered electoral reform, re-instatement of all politically victimized students, security of lives and property in campuses, increased salary for academic and non-academic staff of all institutions and provision of conducive hostel accommodations for Nigerian students.
The President ofÂ NANS, MrÂ Jude Gabriel, who addressed students from over 25 higher institutions at the summit, lamented what he described as the rot in the education sector due to poor funding and motivation by the Federal Government.
According to him, â€œno body will shy away from the fact that there has been total decay the education sector,Â ranging from the 98 percent failure in the last NECO and the drastic failure that was recorded in the JAMB.”