From Bamigbola Gbolagunte, Akure
The Colleges of Education Academic Staff Union (COEASU) has raised an alarm over poor funding of education by both the federal and state governments. To this end, the union has advocated an improved funding for the education sector, even as it called on the federal government to subsidize education in order to make it affordable to all Nigerians.
The National Secretary of the union, Mr Taiwo Olayanju who spoke at the inauguration of the new executive of Adeyemi College of Education, Ondo branch of the union blamed the government for the poor standard of education in the country.
He faulted the federal government’s new policies on education, especially the removal of history as a subject in the secondary school teaching curriculum, saying that the union had sent a delegation to the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu on the need to correct the abnormality in the curriculum.
Besides, Olayanju faulted the 2017 budgetary allocation provided for the education sector, stressing that education being an important sector of the economy, needs greater attention of the government. He urged the government to increase the budgetary allocation on education to ensure development of the sector and promote its standards at all levels.
Olayanju also made a case for improvement in the welfare of teachers in all the schools to enhance better performance in their professional responsibilities, stressing that their roles cannot be underestimated. He said teachers deserve better condition of service like other professionals.
In his remarks, the new chairman of COEASU, Dr Rufus Oziegbe, stressed the need for federal government to develop tertiary institutions in the country and to ensure adequate provision of teaching materials.