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VC criticises under funding of education

19 June 2012, 12:02

Ogun - Segun Awonusi, Vice-Chancellor, Tai Solarin University of Education (TASUED), Ijebu-Ode, Ogun has criticised the under funding of higher education by the states and federal governments.

Awonusi said that government was far behind the UNESCO recommendation of at least 26 per cent budgetary allocation to the education sector.

The vice-chancellor, who noted that funding was very crucial to the education sector, said a lot of money was needed to return the sector to its former pride of place.

He said, "In fact, government is doing far from enough in terms of funding of higher education in the country.

"This is not to say that we do not appreciate that money have been pumped into the sector in the last one and half year as part of the transformation agenda, but more needs to be done.

"It is only when higher education is properly funded that we can talk of research because higher education is not all about teaching, but also about research, which can lead to production.''

Awonusi urged government to give utmost priority to the funding of the education sector as education was crucial to the country`s development.

He also appealed to the government to provide the basic welfare needs of practitioners within the education sector for effective service delivery.


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