In a bid to improve on the quality of secondary education in Nigeria, the Federal Government has approved the establishment of a commission to oversee the operations of Secondary Schools across the country.
Minister of State for Education, Prof. Anthony Anwukah, made this known in Abuja on Tuesday at the Valedictory news conference of the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu.
Anwukah stated that President Muhammad Buhari recently approved the establishment of the commission.
The Minister also stated that the Federal Government has reviewed school/tuition fees of Unity Colleges from eighty-three thousand naira to forty-nine thousand Five hundred naira, adding that the govt. has pegged PTA levy at five thousand across the board, thereby ending arbitrary charges of N75,000, which nearly inhibited access to Unity Colleges.
“Having taken this position, we embarked upon the rehabilitation of unity colleges in all the ramifications required. The Buhari administration had spent a total of seven billion naira on the provision of security infrastructure in the last four years.
“Against the backdrop of insecurity in the north-east, affected by ‘Boko Haram’ as well as incidents of kidnapping in parts of the country, the FG decided to provide basic security facilities in all unity schools,” the Minister said.
Anwukah added by saying that the government had embarked on the construction and rehabilitation of classrooms, hostels and laboratories, emphasizing that if education could be adequately funded, the country would be able to compete with the world in the area of global knowledge.