FG ALLOCATES #1.46bn TO UNITY SCHOOLS:

KOLADE TIMILEHIN.

The Federal Government has earmarked over #1.46bn to rehabilitate and equip the 104 Federal Unity Colleges in the country.

The sum of #473,389,940 was set aside for the purpose of rehabilitating and equipping laboratories, while 573,389,940 was budgeted for rehabilitating the classrooms and hostels.

The Buhari led government believes that education should be at the front banner of any budgetary allocation. The funds were obtained from the ministry of education proposal for 2019, with the ministry pointing out over 50 capital projects to be executed this year.

The ministry’s proposed budget reads” Rehabilitation of classrooms, laboratories and hostels in Federal Unity colleges – #575,389,940; Rehabilitation and equipping of laboratories in 104 Federal Unity Colleges -#473,389,940; Continuation of inauguration and follow-up action of reform desk officer in all parastatals in the Federal Government colleges -#1,593,341.

Provision of a sum of #11,312,718 was also made for monitoring and evaluation of technology and science projects( sciences laboratories, development partners and enterprise institution) .

While in the area of organizing science, technology, engineering and mathematics for 500 students nationwide to increase female enrolment and quality, the ministry allocated #19,241,931.

The federal government deemed it necessary to allocate fund for capacity building of 500 science, technology, vocational, mathematics, information and communication technology for teachers on the usage of modern equipment in schools – #47,319,930.

Sensitisation on reform agenda for staff and students of the 104 Federal Government Colleges – # 2,061,970.

Capacity building on reform agenda for reform desk officer of the 104 Unity Colleges across the six geopolitical zones and monitoring and evaluation of implementation status in the 104 Federal Government Colleges–# 937,259.

The government also made provision for the production of science equipment and laboratory course training for 1,000 science, Technical and Mathematics teachers on the use, maintenance, repair, fabrication and improvisation of school science equipment, as well as teaching of difficult concept which was put at #9,372,592.

The government will also focus on the compilation and dissemination of skill based pupils texts for primary one to six, Junior Secondary School one to three and teachers’ manuals on nutrition education and technology for schools in line with the national policy on food and nutrition critique and harmonisation which was put at #5,389,240.

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