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Expert urges more funding for education

he President of Education Reformers Association of Nigeria, Dr. Solomon Odemona, has identified poor funding and infrastructure as the major challenges that need to be tackled to improve education in Nigeria.

Odemona stressed that less is budgeted for education in the country because public office holders do not accord it the utmost priority.


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He spoke on the sidelines of EDURAN Children’s Day celebration where over 20 schools participated on Friday in Lagos.

The expert spoke on the values of diligence, sacrifice and honesty, while also urging the pupils not to settle for less in life.

Odemona said, “Education is what it is today because of lack of infrastructure. Education has gone beyond classroom teaching. We are now stressing the importance of entrepreneurship, meaning that we expect children passing out of any school, be it secondary, to be able to find his or her feet after graduation.

“For instance, I studied Accounting at the university but I remember that we took courses on ICT. I never saw a computer during the lectures; they were all theories and I guess the story is still the same. For instance, if a pupil finishes the junior secondary school, he should be proficient in one skill or another to live on.

“This is why we are calling on the authorities to fund education by providing adequate infrastructure. We want to see education taking proper shape in the country.’

He added that underfunding of education is caused by the fact that ‘‘the seats of power are occupied by uneducated graduates. If they understand the value of education, they will give it more attention.’’

“They are there to look for money. Besides, corruption is endemic. This is the bane of educational development,” he added.

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