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Reps Seek Increased Budgetary Allocation To Education

The House of Representatives has called on the Federal Ministry of Budget and National Planning to give further considerations to Education in the subsequent budgetary allocations in other to attain the UNESCO projection by 2030.

The House also mandated the Committees on Tertiary Education and Services, Basic Education and Services, Youth Development and Appropriations to liaise with relevant stakeholders with the aim of providing lasting solutions to falling standard of education in Nigeria, and report back within four weeks for further legislative action.

The resolutions followed the adoption of a motion sponsored by Hon. Ganiyu Abiodun Johnson, at the plenary on Tuesday.

Moving the motion, Johnson noted that quality education is a crucial tool for economic growth of any country, thus Goal 4 of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is focused on ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education and promoting life-long learning opportunities for all.

He said the House is aware, that the Nigeria’s education system within the last decade has been on a steady decline, ranging from influx of illegal institutions of learning as well as unqualified teachers in the system to poor funding, overcrowding and plethora of decaying infrastructure in schools across the Federation.

The lawmaker said the House is also aware that according to the United Nations, Nigeria has one of the largest populations of out-of-school youth in the world, with more than ten million Nigerian children, 60 percent of them girls, not in school and will therefore not have the skills they need to get jobs and build secured and stable future.

Johnson while stating that Nigeria’s budgetary allocation for Education in the last five years is a far cry from the UNESCO 2030 expected standards, added that the adverse effects of falling standard of Education to a nation is very grave, and the fall in educational standard in Nigeria implies a continued decline in its level of economic growth.

He said, “Recall that the United Nation Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) reports that for a nation to achieve the goal of providing quality education for all by 2030, the country would have to allocate
at least 26 percent of its national budget to Education, however, Nigeria’s budgetary allocation for Education in the last five years are 7.38 percent in 2017, 7.03 percent in 2018, 7.05 percent in 2019, 6.7 percent in 2020 and 5.6 percent in 2021, a far cry from the expected standards.

“Worried that the burden on education in Nigeria has become even more overwhelming, resulting in more
than 100 pupils to one teacher as against the UNESCO benchmark of 35 pupils per teacher; culminating in
students learning under trees for lack of classrooms and other harsh conditions;
Cognizant that if no urgent action is taken, the problem will gravely affect the young and future generations
as well as stifle economic and social developmental prospects of the country.”

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