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Obaze to dedicate 10% of Anambra budgets to private schools

The standard bearer of the Peoples Democrat­ic Party (PDP) in the November 18, 2017 Anam­bra State governorship elec­tion,

Mr. Oseloka Obaze, has said that if elected into office, he will commit 26 per cent of the state’s budget to education.From the figure, 10 per cent of the education budget will be dedicated to private schools and those owned by missions.

Obaze announced the funding policy when he visit­ed Akpu in Orumba South Lo­cal Government Area of Anam­bra State. He said that Anambra pri­mary school pupils deserve bet­ter amenities.

The PDP candidate, mid­way into the visit, elected to use the pupils’ convenience in a nearby primary school. He observed that the toilets were clean and sanitised, but could be greatly improved upon to meet modern standards.

According to him, Anam­bra school children deserve bet­ter deal.

Beyond amenities, Obaze said that teachers’ training and retraining, access to computer and Internet facilities, teaching and learning aids, appropriate­ly sized classrooms, as well fur­nished laboratories are essential to 21st Century learning.

He pledged that his govern­ment will prioritise education and ensure that Anambra chil­dren are properly equipped to excel in a highly competitive global education marketplace.

Citing Article 26 of the Uni­versal Declaration of Human Rights, which states that “edu­cation shall be free, at least in the elementary and fundamen­tal stages,” Obaze promised that his administration would grant all Anambra children from nursery school to Junior Sec­ondary School (JSS 3) free but quality education.

Oseloka Obaze, MD & CEO

Oseloka Obaze, MD & CEO

Mr. Obaze is the former Secretary to the State Government of Anambra State, Nigeria from 2012 to 2015 - MD & CEO, Oseloka H. Obaze. Mr. Obaze also served as a former United Nations official, from 1991-2012, and as a former member of the Nigerian Diplomatic Service, from 1982-1991.

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