TETfund Tasks Institutions on Inclusive Education

Tertiary Education Trustfund (TETfund) has challenged Nigerian universities, polytechnics and colleges of education to implement the decision of the 62nd National Council on Education (NCE) on inclusive and equitable quality education.

This was stated by the TETfund Executive Secretary, Dr. Abdullahi Bich Baffa, during a sensitization visit to Adeyemi College of Education, Ondo on Tuesday, 22nd August, 2017 at the New CET Building.

The Executive Secretary who was represented by the Director, Research and Development, Mallam Aliyu Na’iya, said TETFund had resolved to support efforts geared to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all as contained in the 4th Sustainable Development Goal of the Education 2030 Agenda.

He urged public tertiary institutions in Nigeria to include courses on inclusive education as part of their academic staff training and development for TETfund intervention. The decision on inclusive education was reached at the 62nd meeting of the National Council on Education held in Kano from 24-28 July, 2017.

“In this regard, our beneficiary institutions are therefore urged to factor this decision in their proposal for our AST&D and conference attendance intervention programmes for our consideration,” he said.

The TETfund Chief Executive Officer explained that the aim of the policy was to remove the barriers that prevent students with physical and learning disabilities from participating fully in education.

Dr. Baffa explained further that TETFund would also ensure that lecturers receive the right training for handling students with special needs who are vulnerable to marginalization and exclusion from education.

He assured that TETFund was totally committed to ensuring quality of tertiary education delivery and improving the global competitiveness of Nigerian institutions, saying that these had reflected in all the policies, projects and programmes.

He revealed that the agency’s allocations for 2016 intervention had tripled for various tertiary education institutions when compared with 2015. The TETFund allocates funds to universities, polytechnics and Colleges of Education in ratios 2:1:1. In 2016 universities received N1:00 billion as against N337 millions of 2015, polytechnics had N691.63 million against N250 million of the previous year, while colleges of education got N679 million against N227 million of the preceding year.

He maintained that funds allocations were aimed at enabling tertiary institutions in Nigeria become world class institutions and thereby improving on their world ranking. This, he said, had been a deep concern to President Muhamadu Buhari, who was determined to reverse the trend.

The Provost, Professor Olukoya Ogen, a top-rate researcher and scholar assured TETFund that the College would key in to the Sustainable Development Goal of Education 2030 Agenda by providing an atmosphere conducive for mounting courses and training staff on inclusive and equitable quality education in line with academic staff and development for TETfund intervention.

Ogen, who was represented at the briefing by the Chairman, Committee of Deans, Dr. Akin Akinbani, implored all academic and non-teaching staff to take maximum advantage of the sensitization exercise.

The exercise featured presentations by the: Department of Project Management on “Activities Guidelines and Modalities for Accessing Programme Upgrade/Physical Infrastructure, Entrepreneurship, Advocacy andTETfund Project Maintenance Interventions”; Department of Monitoring and Evaluation on “Requirement of the M & E Department for Accessing TETfund Intervention Funds”; Department of Academic Staff Training and Development on“Activities, Guidelines and Modalities for Accessing Academic Staff Training and Development and Conference Attendance”; Department of Education Support Services on “Activities Guidelines and Modalities for Accessing ICT Support Institution Based Research Academic Research Journal and Academic Manuscript into books Interventions”; Internal Audit on “TETfund and Requirements and Financial Returns”. This was followed by an interactive session.