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Teachers call for review of funding of education

11 July 2014, 21:30

Lagos - The Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) Lagos State Wing, on Thursday called for the review of the constitution as it affects the funding of basic education in the country.

Segun Raheem, the state chairman said that adequate funding and implementation of the 26 per cent of UNESCO recommendation would guarantee free, compulsory and qualitative nine years schooling.

He said that the nine years schooling, which involves six years in primary school and three years in junior secondary, should be accessible.

Raheem said this while reacting to upholding the right of a child to education.

"Teachers salaries and allowances and the cost of running schools should be made a point of first charge in the federation account," he said.

Raheem, however, advised that there should be thorough and adequate financial supervision of such fund to avoid waste and mismanagement.

He also said that the Federal Ministry of Education should call quarterly stakeholders meeting to discuss the challenges facing the education sector.

"All agencies particularly UBEC quality assurance, inspectorate and statistics departments at all level should function independently.

"Also all local governments should be involved in infrastructure development, with effective implementation of all this recommendation, the right to education by Nigerian child would be guaranteed," Raceme said.

 - NAN

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