Stake­hold­ers call for reg­u­lar re­view of ba­sic ed­u­ca­tion plans to meet cur­rent trends

Business Day (Nigeria) - - NEWS - SEYI JOHN SALAU

Stake­hold­ers in the ed­u­ca­tion sec­tor have called on the gov­ern­ment to en­sure reg­u­lar re­view of Nige­ria’s Ba­sic Ed­u­ca­tion plans to meet cur­rent trends amid the coron­avirus (Covid-19) pan­demic.

This, they said, would en­sure ef­fec­tive and bet­ter ef­fi­ciency in pur­suance of qual­ity ba­sic ed­u­ca­tion in Nige­ria, La­gos State in par­tic­u­lar as model to­wards achieve­ment of bet­ter out­comes in ba­sic ed­u­ca­tion.

Their po­si­tion was stated in a com­mu­niqué is­sued at the end of a two-day train­ing for ba­sic ed­u­ca­tion han­dlers which in­clude heads of ed­u­ca­tion at the lo­cal gov­ern­ment ar­eas, ed­u­ca­tion districts, TESCOM of­fi­cers, school ad­min­is­tra­tors and se­lected teach­ers in La­gos.

The work­shop was aimed at de­ter­min­ing the strate­gies needed in en­sur­ing qual­ity ba­sic ed­u­ca­tion in Nige­ria, es­pe­cially La­gos State.

O lu fun so ow as a no ye, ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor, Hu­man Devel­op­ment Ini­tia­tives (HDI), said ba­sic ed­u­ca­tion was com­pul­sory for ev­ery child of school age and planned to dras­ti­cally re­duce in­ci­dents of drop out from the for­mal school sys­tem.

Ac­cord­ing to her, gov­ern­ment should en­sure strict com­pli­ance to UNESCO rec­om­men­da­tion on bud­getary al­lo­ca­tion for ed­u­ca­tion, while all projects once ini­ti­ated should be com­pleted.

Owasanoye opined that there should be strate­gic mo­bil­i­sa­tion of all stake­hold­ers on the need to em­brace and sup­port ba­sic ed­u­ca­tion to achieve its de­sired goals.

“Gov­ern­ment should put more ef­fort to in­volve more prac­ti­cal ori­ented sub­jects and spe­cial at­ten­tion given to tal­ent hunt to arouse in­ter­est of stu­dents,” Owasanoye said.

Fo­layemi Ajayi, head of Ed­u­ca­tion, Ajah LCDA, said ba­sic ed­u­ca­tion set the foun­da­tion on which a na­tion’s ed­u­ca­tional sys­tem is built; so, it is a hu­man right and for pub­lic good.

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