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Tinubu moves to overhaul education sector, orders census of schools
 
By: News Editor
Fri, 19 Apr 2024   ||   Nigeria,
 

Owing to paucity of coordinated, verifi­able and authentic data on all aspects of the education sector in Nigeria, President Bola Tinubu has ordered the conduct of an extensive census to ascertain the fault lines and aid proper planning.

The presidential directive, handed down on Thursday, is expected to gather data on all schools in Nigeria from primary to tertiary level, their present conditions and live-in facilities, proximity to one an­other and infrastructure.

It will also ascertain the number of teachers in the country, their qualifica­tions, training support received, including number of pupils and students in primary, secondary, and tertiary institutions, gender, exam grades, among others.

The Federal Ministry of Education, currently under Mamman Tahir’s pur­view, will partly spearhead the process by hosting a portal or dashboard where the critical information will be dropped.

A statement authored by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Pub­licity, noted that the policy, encapsulated un­der DOTS, an acronym representing Data Repository, Out-of-School Children Educa­tion, Teacher Training & Development, and Skill Development & Acquisition, will comprehensively overhaul the education sector to improve learning and skill development, increase en­rolment, and ensure the academic security of the nation’s children. ­

The presidency said the infor­mation that will be gleaned from the exercise will guide federal and state interventions for teachers’ training and development as well as overall support.

“It will also provide data on gender ratio (boys and girls), their specific learning needs, and who is in school or who has dropped out based on daily monitoring with year-by-year reporting.

“There will be a dedicated por­tal/dashboard in the Federal Min­istry of Education, offices of state governors, and local government chairpersons, which will host and disseminate this information for the Federal Government, states, and local governments to monitor in real time

“This new data tracking archi­tecture will enable the government to track the progress of students, thus having a clear data-driven mechanism for interventions, es­pecially concerning out-of-school children, girls, and those with spe­cific learning disabilities, among others,” the presidential spokes­man added.

On the challenges of out-of-school children’s education and training, the Federal Ministry of Education said it is already imple­menting the government’s policy through the activities of four of its agencies. With about two million beneficiaries already recorded.

Ajuri said the system-wide pol­icy will further enhance the edu­cation and training of the nation’s out-of-school children.

Regarding teachers’ develop­ment and support the policy will support and train teachers in dig­ital skills to facilitate the use of technology in classrooms.

He said this is expected to bring technology and digitisation to teachers and learners at all levels of education.

“For skill development and acquisition for all levels, in our determined effort to enhance skill diversity in the education sector in order to effectively equip Nigerian students with the requisite skills, knowledge, and values to become functional and productive mem­bers of society, the president has also approved the National Skills Framework.

“The framework is designed to provide the appropriate skills for each level of education that will result in the empowering of generations of Nigerians with the required aptitude for the evolving needs of the global economy of the 21st century.

“This framework is expected to address skill-gaps, quality of education, and unemployment concerns as students will acquire certain skill sets, in addition to gen­eral knowledge.

“It is expected that once fully implemented, these programmes will succeed in resetting learning and connecting the ‘DOTS’ for significant improvement of the overall education system in Nige­ria, in line with the Renewed Hope Agenda of President Bola Tinubu,” the presidency noted.

 

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