Presently, Nsima Ekere poor funding, poor learning environment, poor teacher-student ratio, and lack of motivation for teachers characterize education in the state.
What do you expect when budgetary allocation for education has been consistently below the UNESCO recommended minimum of 26 per cent? Nsima Ekere says At 1.6 per cent in 2018, the same percentage pegged for 2019, the truth is glaring: Akwa Ibom State is grossly underfunding the future of the coming generation.
And there is no gainsaying that without government changing hand come next election, the education sector will continue on the downward spiral. This is why the agenda of Nsima Ekere, APC governorship candidate, is warmly welcome with optimism and excitement.
Complete overhaul of the educational sector Salvaging the educational sector requires nothing short of a complete overhaul and Ekere hit the right chord with his plan which calls for a declaration of a state of emergency in the education sector.
If elected as Governor of Akwa Ibom State in the coming election, according to his agenda, the first six months of his administration will witness a summit of stakeholders and experts who will discuss, review and chart a new working plan for education in the state by Nsima Ekere.
His plans, majorly a special intervention fund of N30 billion for the upgrade of libraries, laboratories, sport facilities and construction of new school blocks; dramatic increase of education funding from the current 1.6 percent of the state budget to a target 25 per cent by 2023 and revision of curriculum to reflect 21st century realities et cetra–strongly reflect his passion to bring quality to education in the state.
He is reinforcing his plan with motivational package from N25, 000 bursary for tertiary institution students every session to an annual award for the overall best-performing secondary school in the State in WASCE/NECO exams to award for the best-performing secondary school in the sciences in the state in WASCE/NECO, that will raise education to a whole new level in which all stakeholders are aware that a solid foundation is being laid for future greatness.