The Executive Secretary, Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND), Professor Suleiman Elias Bogoro, has urged state governments to prioritise education and make it a first line charge in budgeting.
Speaking while delivering the 10th anniversary lecture of the Tai Solarin University of Education (TASUED), in Ijagun, Prof Bogoro lamented the funding inadequacies confronting education at all levels, especially at the senior secondary school level.
He said; “In the circumstance of reality that education must be lifted to the priority ranking that it deserves, there is need for state governments to get their State Assemblies to make laws that compel education budgets to be in the first line charge, but more importantly, that it is monitored patriotically by persons of impeccable integrity.”
The erudite scholar made a strident case for the improvement of primary and secondary school education in Nigeria, drawing from the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the 2004 National policy on Education, he affirmed that: “primary and secondary education are a vital aspect of the education sector, with implications for a country’s effort to improve the quality of life of its people. Primary and secondary education holds a key to development, which is why society insists that these levels of education must be job-oriented, providing school leavers who are functionally ready for work, as well as preparing students for higher learning.”
According to Bogoro, “without primary and secondary education, Nigeria cannot have the critical higher level skills and knowledge needed for economic growth, including further learning and training of professionals. In addition, primary and secondary education also plays a crucial role in socializing young people to become responsible members of the Nigerian society.”