Mallam Adamu Adamu, the Minister of Education
A renowned educationist Chief Christian F. I. Olaniyan has advised the federal and state governments to increase their annual budgetary allocations to the education sector in order to improve standard and academic performance.
Speaking with newsmen in his office in Ikeja, Lagos, the Proprietor of Victory Group of Schools who is preparing to mark 50 years Victory High School next year, explained that the Nigerian government has been unable to allocate enough budgetary allocation to the education sector because of political exigencies and lack of political will to comply with the UNESCO 23 percent annual allocation to education over the years.
The educationist contended that Nigeria’s universities were unable to make the world rating of the 200 best universities in the world because the federal government has neglected the education sector since independence.
While appealing to the federal and states government to invest more on education, the veteran educationist said it will take more years for Nigerian universities to join the rank of the best universities in the world.
Dr. Olaniyan disagreed with insinuations that Nigeria’s education standard has fallen and contended that the education sector in Nigeria is making giant strides in bringing out the best brain in manpower development and qualitative education.
Dr. Olaniyan averred that the players in the current democratic dispensation lacked the political will to develop the education sector, since according to him; politicians are faced with other priorities like infrastructures, roads, health, agriculture and other sectors of the economy.
The private school proprietor condemned incessant strikes in Nigerian universities, stressing that in developed climes, universities never go on strike. He urged the federal government to invest more on education to safeguard the future of the children.
Dr. Olaniyan also explained that the nation’s education is experiencing massive innovations in the areas of information and communications technology (ICT) but added that the government should invest more on education.
He also stressed the need for the learning of indigenous languages in schools, especially Yoruba language, in south-west schools.
Dr. Olaniyan averred that it will take a long period for Nigeria to attain world standard in the education sector because the country lacks good leaders, political will and the government is not ready to invest much on education.
He contended that the annual budget of Harvard University is bigger than Nigeria’s annual budget, stressing that developed countries spent a lot on education.
On the dichotomy between private and public schools, the educationist said private schools were better than public schools in term of discipline, stable academic calendar and brilliant academic performance.
Speaking on the challenges faced by Victory Group of Schools at inception, the school proprietor explained that the institution contended with several problems like land tussle, government take over and funding at inception but was able to overcome them.
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