ONYINYECHI UDEMEZUE, Abuja
THE Federal Government said it has concluded plans to stage another National Education Summit, which aim is to review progress and challenges still militating against the sector.
Recall that the present administration convened the last education summit in 2012 where most stakeholders reeled out various challenges be-devilling the sector since the attainment of independence in 1960 and came up with far reaching recommendations that could save the system.
The Minister of Education, Mallam Ibrahim Shekarau disclosed this indication Monday in Abuja at a two-day programme on National Education Innovation Exhibition.
According to the Minister, the summit has become necessary to review contemporary issues relating to education, such as pre-service and in-service training of teachers, teacher demand and supply, teacher recruitment, retention and career progression, salary and condition of service of teachers and continuing professional development for teachers among others.
In his words, “Let me use this opportunity to intimate Mr President that our plan for the education sector in the next few months will see us organising a National Education Summit”.
Minister of State for Education, Viola Onwuliri who represented Shekarau at the event, also noted that the impact of the review of the 9-year basic education curriculum including the national policy on education was as a fallout of recommendations churned out in the 2012 Presidential Summit on Education.
According to him, “Federal government has decided to show more commitment in boosting teaching profession as a means of uplifting the Nigerian education system further”.
Meanwhile, President Goodluck Jonathan has said the Needs Assessment for public Polytechnics and Colleges of Education was on course in all the affected institutions.
He said as soon as the exercise produces the necessary report, challenges identified would be addressed speedily.
It would be recalled that part of the grievances which culminated in an indefinite strike by the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) was the lackadaisical stance of government in constituting Needs Assessment for the technical education sector as it had done for Universities.
Jonathan, who spoke through Ibrahim Shekarau said interventions at the tertiary education level has seen a steady boost from,”N303.4million for Universities in 2010 to N912million in 2014.
“From N180.5million for Polytechnics to N661million and from N157.1million to N581million for colleges of education”