Minister of State for Education, Mr. Nyesom Wike
The Minister of State for Education, Mr. Nyesom Wike, has differed with the Ministerial Committee on the review of the implementation of Strengthening Mathematics and Science Education (SMASE).
While the committee said it presented a budget proposal of N100 million out of which only N34 million was put in the 2013 budget, the minister insisted that the budget sent to the ministry was for N87 million.
Speaking when he inaugurated the Ministerial Committee in Abuja, yesterday Wike lamented that one of the reasons for the slow implementation of the project is the lackadaisical attitude of the parastatals involved in its implementation.
He gave the assurance that the money needed would be provided through counterpart funding.
Wike however warned them against frivolous spending and embarking on unnecessary travels to collect estacode.
“No country can develop with low performance rate in these subjects. We have a high failure rate in this office and we really need to improve on this,” he said.
The committee which has three weeks to submit its report, is charged to review the report of the Bilateral Task team on the project.
It is expected to make appropriate recommendations on how to achieve implementation of SMASE activities nationwide.
Responding on behalf of the committee, Director General of the National Teachers Institute, Kaduna, Dr. Aminu Sharehu, said the committee upon its return from Kenya in April had recommended a quick implementation of the report.
Sharehu, who is the Chairman of the committee, added that the project would be a futile one if the monies needed are not released.