Education: It is a priority over all and not for the rich alone- President Buhari

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President Muhammadu Buhari said on Tuesday that education should not afford alone by the rich rather both the rich and less reach should benefit from it.

This statement was said during the the Buhari intergrity lecture series at the nation house. mr president said education must be given priority nationwide as the surest way to successfully build the country.

The President also stated that going to school should not be the right of only those who could pay the highest fees.

He spoke in Abuja when a delegation from the Arewa House Centre for Historical Documentation and Research visited him at the Presidential Villa.

The group was led by the Director, Arewa House, Prof. Idris Shaaba-Jimada.

The President was reacting to a request made by the centre to start the “Buhari Integrity Lecture Series.”

He said, “We will have a better society when education is not only for those who can afford to pay expensive fees in schools.’’

Buhari also noted that teachers must be paid their dues and adequately catered for through constant training to be in a position to teach children in schools.

He added, “If it has to do with integrity, we must go back to history and try to assess the contribution of teachers to education, where teachers treated every child as their own in instilling discipline and sharing of knowledge.

“I was lucky to be in a boarding school for nine years, three years in primary school and six years in secondary school before I joined the military. And if we are talking of good education, it has to start with the teaching in schools, where children grow in a learning environment.”

He called for a national approach to tackling the challenges facing in the education sector as against reducing the decay in the sector to a northern Nigeria problem.

We must make education and health a priority relative to the resources available…Your nomenclature is Arewa, but the problem of education is a national issue,” Buhari told the visitors.

Shaaba-Jimada earlier explained why the group thought of the lecture series, saying that it was to promote the virtues of integrity in the education sector.

Integrity should be taught in our schools as part of civic education, and we are proposing that it starts with you,” a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, quoted the President to have said.

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