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Stakeholders want FG, states to prioritise investment in education



Stakeholders want FG, states to prioritise investment in education

Some stakeholders in education in Abuja, have called on the Federal Government and states to prioritise investment in the education sector, to boost children’s development at their early stages of life.


Catherina Montalto, Proprietress, Bloom Daycare Nursery/Primary School and some parents gave the advice on the sideline of the 2023 graduation/award ceremony of the school in Abuja.


She commended governments’ efforts in advancement of public institutions, but said more should be done to encourage private schools to achieve meaningful growth.

Montalto said, “The issue with private schools is we do not have proper funding because it is private.

“It is the proprietor or proprietress that takes care of everything that has to do with the school and government needs to encourage us.

“So, we are asking that they should help us in education sector, most public schools do not have proper classes.

This is “simply because school fees are cheap, most people take their wards there, while private schools with equipped facilities have limited number of pupils”.

The proprietress revealed the school maintained its fees as means to mitigate the impact on children’s education, amidst hike in prices of petrol and food stuff.

In a separate interview, an educationist, Mrs Ebere Abazie, urged government to prioritise investment in education to achieve targets.

She said proper investment in education would improve standards in public and private educational schools, and promote moral, spiritual and psychological development in children.

Abazie said, “This is the basic, without education our country will not stand. All government needs to do is increase funding of the education sector.

“In Nigeria, I think education is getting low funding in the budget, governments should increase its budget on education.”

This is “to make sure we have trained teachers and that will promote education in Nigeria; parents also should do their best.

“The child’s schooling should start from home to provide basic training; by the time such child joins the school setting, there will be no problem in teaching and learning”.

She further urged parents
to show adequate commitment in the early school foundation of their children and wards, to ensure better future for them.
A parent, Mr Dominic Akwihum, commended efforts by school teachers, saying they contributed to formation of education bedrock of children outside their home front.

“From debate seen here today, child education is very fundamental as it forms bedrock for which any society that wants to develop revolves.

“Parents should see it as a priority above every other thing that the education of their children is paramount.

“Once children are well educated, we are going to have a more healthy society in future,” he said.

He suggested parents should always partner school management of their wards, to encourage shared future in children educational development.
Highpoint of the event was debate, dance and drama performance by pupils of the school, as well as cutting of the graduation cake.


We Must Deliver Quality Education, Jobs For Nigerians– Tinubu



Bola Tinubu

President Bola Tinubu, on Thursday, said that democracy must be progressive and inclusive with a primary focus on tackling poverty through the provision of job opportunities for youths and quality education for all Nigerian children.


Tinubu expressed support for the establishment of the National Institute of Progressive Studies while receiving members of the National Working Committee, NWC, of the All Progressives Congress, APC, on Thursday, in Lagos.


The President noted that the Institute is expected to carry out diligent research and educate all party members on the principles of democracy and good governance while providing a distinct identity for the party.

”Democracy has faced challenges in the past, but I believe in a promising future for our country. We will deliver it.

“I am committed to supporting a strong and ideologically-determined democracy that is progressive, inclusive, and focused on eliminating poverty while providing quality education for our children.

”Collaboration with various government arms is crucial, and I commend the leadership of our party for working hard to promote these essential ideals,” the President stated.

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Chioma Blessing Obidigbo Emerges Top Performing Student In 2022 WASSCE



Chioma Blessing Obidigbo, an 18-year-old girl, has emerged as the top performer in the 2022 West Africa Senior School Certificate Examinations (WASSCE), organised by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC).


The announcement was made at the opening ceremony of the WAEC 61st Annual Meeting of the Nigeria National Committee, held in Lafia, Nasarawa State.


The young girl could not attend the ceremony due to her ongoing university studies in the United Kingdom. However, her parents, Mr and Mrs Matthew Obidigbo, accepted the award on her behalf.

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