SUNDAY ODE, Abuja
The National Economic Council (NEC) Thursday appointed a six-man committee to look into the falling standard of basic education in the states.
Members of the committee include Governors of Kano and Delta States, Abdullahi Ganduje and Ifeanyi Okowa,respectively and their Osun and Anambra counterparts, Rauf Aregbesola and Willy Obiano, respectively.
Others are the Central Bank Governor, Godwin Emefiele and the Education Minister, Adamu Adamu.The appointment of the committee followed a presentation to Council by the Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu on Ministerial Strategy Plan (MSP) (2016-2019) for the education sector.
Briefing State House correspondents on the outcome of deliberations at the monthly NEC meeting presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, the Education Minister noted that the presentation centred on the achievements, challenges and way forward in the education sector.
He also stated that the Ministerial Strategy Plan (MSP) 2016 – 2019 had 10 pillars, including Out of School Children, Youth and Adult literacy, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and Technology, Vocation Education and Training (TVET)..
Other components of the MSP are Basic Education, Teacher Education, Capacity Building and Professional Development: Curriculum Policy Matters,Tertiary Education, Education Data and Planning, ICT in Education and Library Services.
Adamu also noted: “The presentation highlights the need for effective collaboration, cooperation and coordination by all stakeholders to consolidate the gains and successfully implement the reforms in the Ministerial Strategy Plan (MSP) 2016 – 2019.
“It also recognised that more investment is needed in the education sector, while emphasing that collaboration among the Federal, States, Local Governments, Private Sector and Development Partners is very necessary.
“Council noted that the standard of basic education at the State level has fallen drastically and resolved that a Committee comprising Governors of Kano, Osun, Delta, Anambra, CBN Governor and the Honourable Minister of Education should look into what needs to be done urgently in the education sector at the State level and report back to the Council.”
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