Morenike Babington-Ashaye, Chairman, Accounting Education and Research Services (ACCERS), has idendified poor funding, lack of policy implementation and lack of infrastructure as major challenges affecting functional education in Nigeria.
According to her, the above factors had prevented Nigerians from competitng favourably with their counterparts around the world.
Babington-Ashaye stated this at the 2019 edition of the Town Hall Meeting of Stakeholders in Education, which was recently organised by the United People Global and ACCERS, in collaboration with the Lagos Education District III.
The event was themed, “Towards a greater Lagos community conversation”.
“Adequate funding and proper policy implementation are inevitable if Nigerians must compete globally with their counterparts. Government must use tax payers’ money judiciusly to achieve this with adequate allocation and release fund.
“Government should adopt innovative techniques in funding education as this is the bedrock of any economy,” she stated.
She also explained that the education sector in the country needed the 21st century facilities in order to inject the best skills to enable Nigerians acquire relevant skills and compete globally.
“Parents, corporate organisations and wealthy individuals must also come to the aid of the sector for it to develop and grow. I crave the indulgence of the government to streamline policy for the Education.
“Education for all is the responsibility of all. As government plays their own part by taking radical measures that will bring sound and quality education for all and sundry, parents, guardians and teachers are expected to play their parts,” she explained.
Also speaking, the Chief Executive Officer of W-Holistic Solutions, Mrs. Olanrewaju Oniyitan, stated that the government should be committed to adequate funding of education through appropriate budgetary allocation for the sustenance of education in the country.
One of the Directors at the Lagos State Education District III, Mr. Adeyemi Adebayo, who was also at the event, made it known that poor performance of the education sector in Nigeria had become very worrisome, stating that findings showed that poor funding, lack of political will, lack of continuity of programmes and corruption were some of the major challenges facing the education sector.