…Says, he is the right fit for the job
Hon. Benjamin Okezie Kalu, the Spokesperson of Nigeria’s House of Representatives has commended president Muhammadu Buhari over the appointment of Prof. Godswill Obioma as Registrar of the National Examinations Council, (NECO).
According to a statement made available to journalists on Monday, Kalu stated that Obioma was the fright person fit for the job.
According to him, the appointment came at a time NECO was confronted with several challenges that undermine its operations such as regaining its integrity, solving infrastructural and technological deficits among others.
He expressed confidence that with the wealth of experience he has garnered over the years, he will implement policies that will yield fruitful results in transforming the education sector.
He said, “having worked as a key player in several government committees and panels on education development in the country, Obioma has contributed immensely in formulating education policies in Nigeria in the last two decades with a record of achievements too vast to enumerate.
“He had been privileged to preview the registrars proposed 11-point roadmap for NECO which showed a determination to reignite hope in inclusive and quality education for Nigerian children.
“A distinguished product of Abia State, Prof. Obioma has spearheaded a number of policy reforms and institutional changes in Nigeria’s educational curriculum including; the 9-year Basic Education Curriculum, the Senior Secondary Education Curriculum, the 34 Senior Secondary Entrepreneur/Trade subjects, the 2014 Edition of the National Policy on Education, among others”.
Kalu added that Obiona served as the Chairman of Nigeria Education Roadmap of the Federal Ministry of Education and Executive Secretary, Nigerian Educational Research and Development Council.
“Internationally, he has consulted for UNESCO, UNDP, WORLD BANK, DFID and UNICEF, having served in various delegate and leadership roles including President of UNESCO International Bureau of Education (IBE); Member, International Experts Meeting on Key Curricular and Learning Issues in the Post 2015 Education and Development Agenda held in Geneva; and Member Nigerian Delegation to the adoption of the SDG in Education in 2014 in Nakoya Japan,” he said.
Kalu further noted that despite several challenges already confronting NECO, adaptation to a COVID-19 and post COVID-19 era will be the single greatest challenge of the Council in a world that has been forced to reimagine its way of life.
“Following the fourth UNESCO COVID-19 Education Webinar, organized on April 9, 2020 to examine the coping strategies currently considered by various countries to manage high-stake exams, it has become clear to me that unique home grown solutions are required for the peculiarities of our own challenges.
“After all, as UNESCOs Head of Education Research and Foresight, Mr. Sobhi Tawil, putit, we have been imposed, globally, an experiment in remote learning. We are all managing different ways that we can”.
He called on the NECO leadership to figure out examination delivery modes that are complaint with new public health standards and technological realities while remaining inclusive and accessible to the millions of Nigerian children in rural areas.