Minister Explains Ten Pillars Of Nigerian Education Reform

Nigeria, Education, Adamu Adamu,In a bid to change the fortunes of about 50 million illiterates in Nigeria, the Nigerian government has reiterated its commitment to the ten pillars of reform of the education sector.

The Education Minister, Adamu Adamu, shared his vision with Channels Television correspondent, Gbenga Ashiru, on an edition of Question Time.

He explained that the mandate of the ‘ten pillars of the education’ road-map involves returning about 11.5 million out-of-school children to the classrooms.

“The road-map for education, which we placed before the National Council of Education is based on ten pillars and these pillars are the most important areas.

“The first is out-of-school children. You know Nigeria leads the world in having the highest number of children who are out of school – 11.5 million.

“After it we look at basic education, which is an area that has fallen on bad times and needs to be revamped.

“We also have vocation education and training. If Nigeria wishes to develop and compete with the rest of the world, we need to do something about our technical education.

“We have put activities in place that would make Nigeria compete fully with the rest of the world.

“Then there is development in ICT, the world is going computer and Nigeria cannot afford to lag behind. We intend to introduce computer technology in our classes.

“There is also the question of teacher education, this is the most important to me. “We need to develop teachers, we need to make them qualify, even in our tertiary institutions there are a dearth of teachers and we need to develop more”.

JAMB Needs To Sit Up

The Education Minister also commented on the cancellation of the post-UTME examination. He maintained that it is the statutory responsibility of the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board.

According to the Minister, “JAMB was set up to do the test that would determine the admission and I am not defending JAMB, I think there are so many problems. What we need is not to create another examination but to make JAMB to sit up.

There have been complaints from candidates on being listed for a different course from the one registered for, and our correspondent sought to know how the Minister intends to fix these irregularities.

He argued that this particular issue had stopped: “I think that is something that is probably a thing of the past. A lot of restructuring is currently going on in JAMB.”

He added that “both the test that they (JAMB) administer and the result that they give and which university will determine the admission of students will be different from now on”.

Watch the full interview with the Minister of Education on Channels Television current affairs programme, Question Time.

APGA Endorses Jonathan For Second Term, As TAN Rallies South-South

APGA-TANSolidarity for President Goodluck Jonathan has started pouring in from different quarters.

The Transformation Ambassadors of Nigeria and members of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, both have endorsed President Jonathan for a second term.

At different rallies held in Port Harcourt and Anambra State, both groups unanimously agreed that one good term deserves another.

Thousands of transformation ambassadors gathered at the Liberation Stadium in Port Harcourt Rivers State to ask the President to re-contest the presidency come 2015.APGA

It was the third in the nationwide solidarity campaign for the President’s re-election bid in 2015, organized by the Transformation Ambassador of Nigeria.

With solidarity songs and placards displaying their love, delegates from the South South region of Nigeria took turns to climb the podium as they pledged their allegiance to the man they call an agent of change.

Millions also signed the big book to show their seriousness in backing President Jonathan for another term. So far over 4 million signatures from the South-South region have been gathered.

Meanwhile, in Awka, the capital of Anambra State, South-East Nigeria, it was a different gathering but one that tells the same story.

APGAMembers of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, gathered to rally the support of their members to endorse President Jonathan for a second term.

The National Chairman of the party, Victor Umeh, while speaking at the rally said, “Ever since 2011, APGA has remained a strategic partner to President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan in Nigeria.

“We have, as party leaders, at various times, spoken unequivocally of our support for President Goodluck Jonathan.

“In 2013, there was a governorship election in Anambra State, and from what we have seen in Nigeria under President Goodluck Jonathan’s watch, credible and free election is now the order of the day…Democracy has come to stay in Nigeria.”

The party, therefore, believes that one good term deserves another.

“Looking at the political template in Nigeria today, we are certain that President Goodluck Jonathan needs to be re-elected for another 4 years in office,” Umeh told the gathering.

FEC Approves Text Books Worth N8.6bn For Primary And Secondary Schools

The Federal Executive Council has approved contracts over 8.6 billion naira for the supply of text books to public primary and junior secondary schools in the country.

The contracts were validated following a memo by the Education Minister, Raquyat Rufai for the provision of text books on Mathematics, English Language, Science and Technology.

Briefing journalists after the meeting the Information Minister said flanked by the education Minister and his state education counterpart, Nyesom Wike stated that the 400 million textbooks and other resource materials will be customized with the inscription: “FGN-UBEC 2012 intervention, not for sale” and state codes for easy tracing in case of diversion to unauthorised places will also be imprinted on these books.

The council also approved the contract to locally procure 40 utility vehicles for field works ahead of the 2016 national population census. President Jonathan gave the National Population Commission directives to procure the vehicles locally so as to encourage, develop and provide foundation for local manufacturers in the automobile industry.

Group Condemns Entry Scores For Unity Schools

The pan Igbo cultural and think tank group, Aka Ikenga, has condemned the recent quota policy allegedly released for all unitary schools and federal government colleges, by the Ministry of Education.

The policy allows the schools to admit students who score 100 marks and above for certain states and some who scored between 220 marks into the same class and school of study.

The group in a letter describes the policy as “shocking and injurious to the nation’s educational sector” and called on the Education Minister, Professor Rukayatu Rufai to reverse the policy with immediate effect

The open letter to the Minister was signed by the President of the group, Mr. Goddy Uwazuruike.

FG Blames Problem Of Mass Failure On Quality Of Teachers

The Federal Government has blamed the problem of mass failure in examinations to poor system of teaching delivery and facilities in many schools across the country.

The Minister of Education, Ruqayyatu Rufai disclosed this in Abuja while announcing that 39 percent of students who sat for the 2012 WAEC examinations obtained credits and above as against 30.9percent last year.

This insignificant hike in percentage according to the Minister is an indicator that the sector is making steady progress and may record major changes by the year 2015.

“Most teachers do not have the required capacity and those that have the capacity may not have undergone any refresher training for quite some time so there is a lot that need to be done,” she said.

Also speaking about the quality of teachers, the Executive Secretary of the Nigeria University Commission (NUC), Julius Okogie said those who teach are those who have searched for other kinds of work without success.

“Those who teach now are those who have no other jobs to do. Some don’t even go to school until the pay day. Except an inspector comes, you wouldn’t find any teacher teaching,” Mr Okogie.

At a national conference on examinations attended by various educational bodies and commissioners nationwide, participants criticized the state governments and poor teacher education for the fallen standards of the nation’s education sector.