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.