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President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday said the high rate of corruption among public office holders in the country is affecting the growth and development of the nation’s education sector.
Buhari said this on Tuesday at the Fourth National Summit on Diminishing Corruption in the Public Sector, themed, ” Corruption in the Education Sectors” held in Abuja.
“Incessant strikes especially by unions in the tertiary education often imply that government is grossly underfunding education, but I must say that corruption in the education system from basic level to the tertiary level has been undermining our investment in the sector and those who go on prolonged strikes on flimsy reasons are no less complicit,” Buhari said.
The President noted that he is aware of all forms of corruption being perpetrated in the educational sector.
“I am aware that students in our universities, for example, use different terminologies to describe different forms of corruption they experience on our campuses.
“There is sorting or cash for marks/grades, sex for marks, sex for grade alterations, examination malpractice, and so on.
“Sexual harassment has assumed an alarming proportion. Other forms of corruption include pay-roll padding or ghost workers, lecturers taking up full-time appointments in more than one academic institution, including private institutions, lecturers writing seminar papers, projects and dissertations for students for a fee, and admission racketeering, to mention only the most glaring corrupt practices.
“I am happy to note that ICPC is investigating and prosecuting sexual harassment as an abuse of power in our educational institutions. I approve and encourage them to continue to do so.”
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