The Federal Government has released a new road map to guide the Ministry of Education to address the myriads of challenges confronting Nigeria’s education sector.
The strategic plan comes as part of efforts to reposition Nigeria’s education sector to play a central role in the Federal Government’s philosophy of change.
The Minister of Education, Mr Adamu Adamu, unveiled a draft of the 2016-2019 Ministerial Strategic Plan on Monday in Abuja, the Federal Capital territory.
Mr Adamu reaffirmed government’s commitment to strengthening institutional structures and creating innovative strategies aimed at revamping the education sector.
He asked Nigerians to team up with the Federal Government to salvage the sector and return it to the path of excellence.
The 2006 to 2015 Education Master Plan launched under the administration of former President Olusegun Obasanjo was meant to fashion out new policies that would enable the sector emerge from its declining status, especially on issues pertaining to Nigeria’s ‘Education For All’ policy and infrastructural decay occasioned by institutional and legislative constraints.
The expiration of the policy in 2015 gave the need for a new strategic plan.
On his part, the Minister for Niger Delta Affairs, Pastor Usani Uguru, attributed the fallen standard of education to the failure of past governments to regulate the teaching profession.
The Director, Department of Educational Planning, Research and Development, Magdalene Anene-Maidoh, also highlighted the focus of the strategic plan.
She expressed hope that the new plan, when adopted and implemented by the experts, would arm Nigerian youths with the skills they require to face the challenges of the 21st century.