When students are left with no choice than to learn in an environment not conducive to learning, chances are high that they may be deprived of their creativity and potentials.
Such is the case of Alvan Ikoku Federal College of Education, Owerri, Imo state, where poor state of facilities is pathetically poor and a slap on the face of Nigerian students that are desirous of quality education.
The pictures of the state of the institution were sent to Legit.ng by a student who craved anonymity.
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Legit.ng gathers that the school was established in April, 1963 as the Advanced Teachers Training College by the defunct Eastern Nigeria Government on the grounds of the Old Shell Camp, Owerri.
The institution awards National Certificate in Education (NCE) and the Professional Diploma in Education (PDE) and, in affiliation, with the University of Nigeria, Nsukka the Bachelor of Education (B.ed) since 1984.
For a federal college of education to be in such a sorry state, it brings to mind what Nigerian students in state institutions of higher learning may be going through in their pursuit of education.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday, March 23, vowed to make education affordable to all Nigerians, adding that challenges of insecurity being witnessed in the country were as a result of ignorance.
Buhari made this promise when the authorities of the National Open University of Nigeria graduated about 20,799 students with a total of 103 of them bagging first class honours.
Buhari's speech was read by a deputy executive secretary of the National Universities Commission (NUC), Victor Onuoha, at the 8th convocation ceremony of the university in Abuja.
He said: “The federal government of Nigeria is more than ever before, committed to making education affordable through the open and distance learning system.
“In this connection, therefore, a national policy on education has provided for life-long learning that transcends all barriers through open and distance learning.”
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He added that necessary funding would be deployed through budgetary allocations, Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) intervention and needs assessment funding to shore up the provision of quality tertiary education so as to guarantee access for the teeming youths in the country.
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