The PDP has urged Nigerians to vote President Jonathan again in 2015, claiming his government have engineered a rapid acceleration of education development in Nigerian.
Nigerian education has witnessed accelerated development in the last four years under the leadership of President Goodluck Jonathan, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said.
In a statement issued in Abuja on Monday by the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Mr Olisa Metuh, the party said the 15 years of party's rule has seen a change of fortunes for the education sector.
The statement said the party, through vigorous implementation of broad-based policies, has use the education sector as a social instrument for development and integration.
It said President Jonathan has accelerated the development of education at all levels in the country, citing the establishment of fourteen (14) new universities across the six geopolitical zones of the country, including two specialised Police and Maritime universities, establishment of new NCE-awarding institutions, upgrade of polytechnics, rehabilitation of Federal Government-owned schools; the Almajiri Education System; the Girl-Child Education and Back-to-School programmes, as visible examples.
"The 150 Almajiri schools across the northern states and the Out-of-School-Children Programme including Specialised Boys and Girls Schools across the country have given meaning to the lives of the hitherto despaired children," the statement read as quoted in a Vanguard report.
According to the party, these the governments education-friendly initiatives has also seen increased in the number of private primary, secondary and tertiary institutions, school enrolment at all level, significantly reducing the number of out-of-school school children, with emphasis on the north.
“Under Jonathan’s watch, enrolment in basic schools has increased from 23 million in 2010 to 29 million in 2012 and still growing.
“In the same vein, enrolment in colleges of education has increased from 620, 000 in 2011 to 750,000 in 2013.
"Also the National Open University of Nigeria, NOUN, established by the PDP is expanding to 250, 000 enrolments annually.It also said the Jonathan led government has shown more commitment to funding education, nearly tripling budgetary allocation to the sector and spending over N500 billion on projects meant to increase access and improve the quality of infrastructure at the tertiary level.
"Again, in line with its commitment to the proper funding of the sector, the Federal Government has almost tripled education allocation from N224 billion in 2007 to 634 billion in 2013.
"This has been complemented with the creation of special intervention agencies such as TET Fund and the special NEEDS Assessment Fund," the statement said.
The party urged Nigerians to re-elect President Jonathan in 2015 in order to guarantee the future of education in the country.