According to a former Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission, Prof. Peter Okebukola revealed 10 features of the education sector that will be expected in 2019 based on the state of emergency declared by governments on education.
Top ten expectations include;
- ASUU strike will not last beyond the early months of 2019, because of the deft moves of the Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, and the Executive Secretary of the NUC, Prof. Abubakar Rasheed, to end the spate of strikes.
- Improved funding for the sector as funds will be provided for basic education to states.
- Improvement in physical sourcing with enhancement of staff welfare.
- Attainment of not less than 60 per cent of the objectives of the Ministerial Strategic Plan 2016 -2019.
- As shown by trends in election years, the 2019 general elections will impact positively on the education sector as the winners will strive to impress by trying to fulfill their election promises to the citizenry in the first year of assuming.
- 2019 will not see a significant drop in the number of out-of-school children in view of the recent rise in insurgent activities in the Northeast.
- More private universities will be licensed in 2019, at least four, to further enhance the carrying capacity of the system
- Security and safety in schools. The National Policy on Safety and Security in Schools in Nigeria will mitigate the insecurity in the education sector
- Re-establishment of State Education Development Fund and other funds to create additional but sustainable funding sources to improve education service delivery in post-basic schools for the achievement of the 2030 Agenda
- 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.
Source: The Punch New [Date Accessed 9th January, 2019] https://punchng.com/ten-expectations-for-education-sector-in-2019/