The Federal Government on Monday announced that about six billion naira would be invested in science and technical colleges across the country this year alone.
The Minister of Education, Ruqayyatu Ahmed Rufa’i, also said the government would deal with operators of illegal and unlicensed schools like satellite and outreach centres across the country.
She noted that the huge investment is aimed at repositioning the institutions to enable them come out with world class products in line with the transformation agenda of the Goodluck Jonathan administration.
The minister expressed shock at the activities of those she described as unscrupulous elements in the educational sector, saying government would no longer condone their activities.
The minister spoke at a consultative meeting between the executive secretary of the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) and rectors of polytechnics and provosts of colleges of technology in the country in Kaduna.
Rufa’i noted that henceforth nobody would be allowed to brazenly compromise the future of Nigerians and mortgage the nation’s development, adding that government would leave no stone unturned to protect the integrity of the education system in the country.
She said further that the government will remain steadfast in its commitment to ensuring that standard of education is not compromised, saying “while we desire to open access, we shall not compromise the future of Nigerians and mortgage our national development. Quality will be jealously guarded”.
BLESSING OLAIFA, Kaduna