Osinbajo: Basic Education is a must

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Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has said parents who withdraw their wards from school risk prosecution. He spoke at a symposium by the Obafemi Awolowo University formerly known as University of Ife (UNIFE) Economics Class 1979, held in Lagos. He said state governments had no excuse not to provide children the basic education in the first nine years of their lives as the Federal Government was collaborating with them to ensure basic primary education for all children for the first nine years. In his paper, “Human Capital Development for Economic Growth”, Osinbajo said President Muhammadu Buhari had provided the enabling support, backed by law for the success of basic primary education. “Free and compulsory education shall be provided every child in the first nine years of their lives and this is backed by law,” he said. Osinbajo said the major problem facing the country was poverty, noting that with education the margin could be reduced when stakeholders work to raise the bar. He said the school feeding programme jerked up enrolment, noting efforts should be made to curtail dropouts in primary and post primary schools. Presently, he said the government was investing in teacher training to boost high quality teaching in primary  schools. “The quality of teachers has a greater way of enhancing education. We are working with relevant institutions to improve teachers’ potentials for capacity building and economic growth.” The Keynote speaker, Chief Bisi Ogunjobi, in his speech on: “Alternative Approach to Financing Public University Education for Effective Human Capacity Development”, said the proliferation of universities was currently undermining education development. He said some of the licensed private universities do not have the funds to sustain good and quality education, adding some of them were looking towards making profits which was often elusive. “Funding education has become an issue because you need teachers and other logistics to facilitate good research and education. The number of private universities has skyrocketed with appalling consequences,” he said.

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