It was only a couple of weeks back when education was enlisted on the agenda out of a national discourse initiated with the private sector-driven organisation, National Economic Summit Group. They held their 20th annual conference where the primary theme was related to:
- the role of education that can strengthen a society’s foundation
- how education can lead to national transformation and growth
Keeping these goals in mind, the organisation decided to raise awareness towards the gradual deterioration in the sector which must therefore provoke strategic engagement. Well, the entire outing was super successful for which Mr Frank Nweke, the NESG Director General; Mr Foluso Phillips, the chairman and several participants from both public and private sectors deserve appreciation.
The 1-week summit ended with the conclusion that:
- Nigeria must now require education that would not only be driven by vision but should also be purposeful
- There must be competent professionals who must take the initiative to execute this strategy
- The nation must extend their objectives from education spending to education investment
- Nigeria must reconstruct their learning ambiance and accentuate on making students achieve trendy skills that are relevant globally
- Help schools initiate abilities to develop and establish research that can keep enhancing their standards with time
- There must be transformation from the prevalent conventional examination pattern to a system that highlights on the learning outcome
Since critical stakeholders from both public and private sectors along with Namadi Sambo, the Vice President, participated in most of the sessions, a key note of optimism popped up in regard to fixing fundamental issues on Nigerian education. Now, it’s going to be a new challenge that would let Nigeria move from action through talks to restructured education.
Implementing reforms is education is crucial
A serious aspect that has been discussed here is implementing reforms in the education sector. Having chaired by one of the retired UNESCO Directors for Education, Professor P.A.I. Obanya, along with departments and institutions under membership, far-reaching recommendations were made by the panel. As per the presidential panel, both the state and federal levels have witnessed a steady rise in the number of bureaucracies along with an increasing demand. Despite, a proportionate improvement in service delivery was not achieved and there was instead a huge amount of transactional costs.
What the findings have moreover exposed is that the current management models cannot effectively promote education policy as well as educational service delivery in the nation. So, what’s essential now are:
– Decentralisation of power
– Necessary resources for developing and managing basic education that can serve education authorities run by the local government
– Existing top-down approaches must be reversed by making states work with federal authorities since the phase of conceptualising the initiatives
– Involvement of expanded stakeholders must be there at almost every level of education in the nation
Besides, digital learning has played a key role in strengthening the educational standards of Nigeria. As per reports, the country now holds around 48.4 million internet users, and this clearly shows that the nation is gradually equipping itself to compete with the developed ones.
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