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Okebukola Highlights Expectations for Education Sector in 2019

Prof. Peter Okebukola. Photo: Guardian
Prof. Peter Okebukola. Photo: Guardian

Former Executive Secretary of National Universities Commission (NUC), Prof. Peter Okebukola, according to Punch News, has revealed expectations of the education sector in the 2019.

Okebukola made this known in a statement made available to Punch on Monday describing 2018 as a year of mixed blessings for the education sector.

He described the past year as one where increasing attention was paid to burning issues facing the sector by the National Council on Education and the National Economic Council.

“The NUC was able to significantly improve its quality assurance operations and expand its open and distance learning services. The Rasheed Revitalization Plan for the Nigerian University System (2018-2023) was activated in 2018,” he said.

Okebukola said that the ASUU strike would not go beyond the early months of the year, he noted that the sector would enjoy increased funding.

“There will be improved funding for the sector. The Universal Basic Education Commission is poised to continue its release of funds for basic education to states. The dividend of ASUU strike will be a huge injection of more funds into our universities.

“As shown by trends in election years, the 2019 general elections will impact positively on the education system as the winners will strive to impress by trying o fulfill their election promises to the citizenry in the first year of assuming the reins of power or renewing their mandate.

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“There will be reduction in incidence of sexual harassment in our schools, especially in our universities, brought about by the national searchlight on the phenomenon and the well publicized sanctions on persons caught in the act,” Okebukola stated.

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