Thursday, March 24, 2016

Oshiomhole says "quality education cannot be free"

While visiting the National Universities Commission (NUC) on Wednesday, Edo State Governor Adams Oshiomhole says giving the reality of the nation’s GDP, quality education cannot be free.

He said the Edo State government is working to improve the quality of education as it has extended free education to the senior secondary schools which translates that for the first 12 years, the child will attend schools for free with books and free transportation for any student on uniform to their various schools. TheEdo state government has also set up the Edo State University, Iyamo to help facilitate affordable quality education.

Obviously, quality is not free,” the governor said. “I need to keep emphasizing that because, given the reality of our GDP, our per capita income in relation to our population, I don’t see how government can deliver first class in capacity if the University authority does not develop ways and
means to internally generate revenue. “Edo state government will not deliver free university education but will create access for those who want it and for those who can afford it and device a means of providing support for those who cannot afford it.”

Oshiomhole stated that the University will help cater for the needs of over 1.4 Million youth seeking access to quality university education and expressed hope that the University will be the center of excellence and a university of choice for people who want quality.

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