Ex-commissioner identifies bane of education in Nigeria

A former Commissioner for Education in Kwara state, Mrs. Alimat Yusuf, has identified lack of synergy among critical stakeholders as one of the factors responsible for the under-development in the nation’s education sector.

Yusuf made the assertion on the sidelines of the 17th annual inter-house athletic competition of the Federal Government Girls College, Omu-Aran in Irepodun Local Government Area of the state.

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She said that there is presently no coordination among government at all levels, parents and the students in the education system.

According to her, each of these critical segments of the education sector has different beliefs and approach without clear cut understanding on how to go about the system.

“The government as the regulator is on one side while the parents and the students are on another page entirely. The desired transformation in the sector could not be achieved until there is a formidable and workable synergy among these critical stakeholders,’’ said Yusuf.

The ex-commissioner expressed displeasure over the recent delisting of 165 schools by the West African Examination Council (WAEC) for examination malpractices in the 2019 SSCE examination.

“This is the product of lack of synergy among the stakeholders which needs to be seriously addressed.

“Government as the regulator must be seen to be proactive and forthcoming with policies that will benefit everyone while parents and students must not compromise the laid down rules and regulations,” she added.

Yusuf urged the students to engage more in sporting activities alongside their academic pursuit in order to stay healthy.

Principal of the college, Mrs. Oluwatoyin Kolawole, expressed the management’s commitment towards sustaining sporting activities among the students and officials.

Kolawole listed the advantages of girls’ involvement in sports to include helping to have greater confidence, self-esteem and pride in their physical and social activities.

She added that their involvement in sports can also help to distract the female students from being involved in drugs and other illicit acts and help them to excel in their academic pursuit.

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