By JOHN ONAH, Abuja –
The federal government reiterated its desire to further transform the teaching profession in the country, noting the place of education as a human right that must involve equity, inclusion, quality and relevance.
The Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Education, Mr. David Adejo, made this known during the second National Consultative Summit on Education held on Thursday in Abuja.
Mr. Adejo noted that educational transformation will only happen if teachers are professionalized, trained, motivated and supported to drive the process to guide their learners to achieve their goals and well-being.
He said, “As things stand, education is not high on the agenda of political leaders, but Nigeria is taking advantage of the global momentum to form more partnerships to deliver solutions. the many challenges facing the country’s education sector.
Mr. Adejo, who underlined the need to fight against school exclusion and mental health, also underlined the need to create a balance between classroom teaching and online teaching.
In his presentation on the essence of the second National Summit, the Permanent Secretary emphasized the place of education as a human right which must involve equity, inclusion, quality and relevance.
He said that beyond the summit, there is a need to further transform the teaching profession in the country.
Adejo reiterated that public funding for education can never be sustained, hence the need to work with the private sector and development partners.
He called for a balance in technical education, saying the country now needs to know that qualification on paper does not inform about the needed and expected transformation.
We need to build an enabling environment for education where the work of teachers is amplified outside the educational institution.
Minister of State for Education Nanah Opiah called the summit a good step in the right direction.
He acknowledged that the challenges facing the Nigerian education sector are enormous.
The United Nations Resident Coordinator in Nigeria, Mr. Mattias Schmale, identified the need to fully include young people in the Consultation on Education Issues.
He tasked the Nigerian government to ensure that all children in Nigeria are safe on their way to school.
“We must make education more affordable and mitigate learning losses while Nigeria also dramatically increases the resources allocated to education”
The second summit of the national consultation to transform education aimed to mobilize action, ambition, solidarity and solutions to transform education by 2030.
Another summit partner, the National Universities Commission, through one of its deputy executive secretaries, Chris Maiyaki, said the government-led national consultations sought to ensure meaningful engagement from all education stakeholders.