The Queens College Old Girls Association (QCOGA), has commended the Senate, under the leadership of Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, the Senate President, for passing the amendments to the 2004 Universal Basic Education Act.
“Queens College Old Girls Association thanks and supports the Senate President’s continued exhibited commitment to basic and secondary education in Nigeria and to improving the quality of education in the country,” the Queens College Alumni said.
Recall that in July, the Senate amended the Compulsory, Free, Universal Basic Education Act of 2004 with a clause that will make primary and secondary education free and compulsory across the country.
Additionally, the amendment will ease pressure on states in accessing funds for infrastructure development, by reducing the 50 per cent counterpart funding clause to access education intervention funds from the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC), downward to 10 per cent.
Since the UBEC amendment passed at the Senate, the Upper Chamber has received commendations from various domestic and international advocacy groups and individuals, including Malala Yousafzai — the Pakistani activist for female education and the youngest-ever Nobel Prize laureate — who commended the 8th Senate, and thanked its President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki for working to extend the right to free education in Nigeria.