BY HENRY UMORU & JOSEPH ERUNKE
THE Committee on Social Sector has urged both federal and state governments to jerk up their budgetary allocation to education to 26 per cent in line with the recommendation of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation, UNESCO.

“Federal and State governments should continue to finance education through adequate annual budgetary provision of at least 26 per cent funding, release of budgeted funds as first line charge and ensuring that funds released are spent with attention to prudence and value for money,” it said.

It also recommended that the results of the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations, UTME, be made to be valid for a period of two years.

In doing so, according to the committee, students that score remarkable grades but who could not secure admission into their choice schools will be able to use the results the following year in pursuit of same.

It said the low carrying capacity of higher institutions in the country in terms of admission of prospective candidates was disturbing, noting that its proposed measure would reduce the unnecessary financial exploits and stress that candidates were passing through.

The committee noted that approximately 1.5 million people jostle annually for about 500,000 available admission spaces.

The Mrs. Josephine Anenih-led committee insisted that “JAMB result should last for two years to enable the candidates have another trial to secure admission”.

The committee, which has immediate past Minister of Education, Professor Ruqayyatu Ahmed Rufa’i as deputy chairman also recommended that the 2 per cent Consolidated Revenue Fund allocated to the Universal Basic Education Commission, UBEC, by the Federal Government be increased to 4 per cent just as it recommended that the 2 per cent Education Tax Fund remitted to the Tertiary Education Trust Fund, TETFund, be increased to 4 per cent, in recognition of the importance of education to national development and the need to ensure proper funding of the sector.

 

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