Friday 18th August, 2017
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300 institutions seek TETFund interventions

300 institutions seek TETFund interventions

No fewer than 300 ter­tiary institutions in the country are currently working round the clock to ensure that they are enlisted as beneficiaries of the various in­tervention programmes of the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund)
Executive Secretary of the Fund, Dr Abdullahi Bichi Baffa, who stated this in a chat with newsmen after commis­sioning some of the agency’s projects in Kano, said review­ing 2011 TETFund Act to ac­commodate more institutions would weaken the impact of the intervention programmes.
His words: “When I said over 300 institutions are jostling to be included as beneficiaries, it was a conservative estimate. They are more than that. They include all private universities, all private polytechnics, all pri­vate colleges of education, all monotechnics that are public, all research centres, all jostling to be listed as beneficiary insti­tutions.
“We have 203 beneficiary in­stitutions that we are support­ing and we have request from over 300 other institutions who are not qualified by the Act to be brought on board.
“It is something worth look­ing at for us to expand the pe­rimeter of the fund to include all these institutions but we also have to look at the other side of the coin. Diluting the impact TETFund is making at the beneficiary institutions is going to be very counterpro­ductive to entire educational landscape.
“You recall that before 2011, TETFund was called ETF, Edu­cation Trust Fund, support­ing education from primary schools to basic and tertiary education. Because the original conception was targeted at sup­porting university education alone, government saw the op­portunity to support the entire educational landscape which is good.
“But when it was experi­mented up to 2010, the regula­tion or control was extremely difficult and government de­cided to review the Act and concentrate the intervention on tertiary education.
 
 

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