The Kwara Government has warned school principals to desist from collection of illegal fees from students or their parents.
This is contained in a statement issued by the Press Secretary, Ministry of Education And Human Capital, Development, Mr Peter Amogbonjaye.
According to the statement, the Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Mrs Kemi Adeosun, gave the warning after a meeting held with all principals of secondary schools at Saint Anthony Secondary School, Ilorin.
”Your support as school heads is needed for the Administration of Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq who is committed to the welfare of teachers while also making huge investments in the education sector.
”Also there should be sanity and discipline across the schools and I urge the Principals to tolerate one another to allow peace to reign in their respective schools.
”Adeosun urged the principals to keep their students indoor, saying any school whose students are found roaming the street risks government sanctions.
”Also, no Principal should admit new students into SS1 without the BECE result, and where there is overpopulation in school, the students should move to neighbouring schools.
“Vice Principal Academics should take charge of all examinations in the school, and staff should not be used as exam officers.
Any school found wanting will be sanctioned,” she said.
The statement added that the state government has approved the following fees in schools:PTA: JSS – 1,450 SSS – 1,500NEW INTAKE: JSS – 3,930 SSS – 3,980TEXTBOOKS: JSS – 4,500 SSS – 5,600
The Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola was on Thursday in Abuja conferred with a lifetime achievement award by the National Parent Teacher Association of Nigeria (NAPTAN).
The National President of the association, Mr Haruna Danjuma, said that the award was based on Aregbesola’s outstanding performances as a former governor of Osun and as minister, especially, in the area of education.
Danjuma was represented by the Deputy National President of the association, Chief Adeolu Ogunbanjo.
The national president described Aregbesola as an astute administrator and a humanist, who had devoted his time to the service to humanity.
“We have no choice than to celebrate him and give him an award, as well as appreciate him and his work ,as a major stakeholder in education sector in the country.
“This award, we believe, will go a long way to spur him up to continue to do more and for our children to emulate him and take over from him in all strata of human endeaviour,” he said.
Danjuma, however, said that the minister’s giant strides while he was the governor of Osun, was worthy of commendation.
He added that the minister succeeded in standardising the educational system of Osun by building about 3, 685 classrooms among others for the benefit of the people of the state.
“This is the area he stands tall among his contemporaries and the statistics are there for everyone to see, hence our resolve to honour him with an award,” the PTA Danjuma added that as a minister, Aregbesola had succeeded in changing the nomenclature of the nation’s Prison Service which culminated in rebranding the service as the Nigerian Correctional Service (NCoS).
“Today, the inmates in our correctional centres can now enroll in education, even up to higher institutions and the surprising thing is that most of them come out in flying colours.
“The inmates are also encouraged in all the correctional centres to enroll in studies so that at the end of their jail term, they can be useful to themselves, parents, the society and the country.
“As parents, some of us have lost hope in some of them serving jail terms, but he succeeded in changing the narratives for the better,” he added.
Earlier, the minister thanked the association for finding him worthy of the award, adding that he would continue to partner with them in their quest to build the nation.
Aregbesola, however, promised to continue to do his best for the state and the country at large, especially, in the area of education.
The FCT Department of Public Health on Tuesday advocated for the support of schools, community and religious leaders to disseminate and encourage participation of children for the annual school deworming programme.
Dr Sadiq Abdrahman, the Director, Public Health Department, made the call during a stakeholders meeting in preparation for the FCT 2022 Annual School Deworming Exercise in Abuja.
Abdrahman, represented by Dr Eunice Ogundipe, the Head, Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) Unit in the department, stressed the need for the involvement of all stakeholders to ensure success of the exercise.
“We solicit stakeholders support, cooperation, collaboration and active participation in ensuring the success of the forthcoming school deworming programme through timely and adequate dissemination of information to FCT residents,” he said.
He added that the deworming drugs was for the prevention of schistosomiasis, a disease caused by parasitic worms that lives in fresh water.
Dr Obiageki Nebe, the Director and Programme Manager, National Deworming Programme, Federal Ministry of Health, said the meeting was critical towards ensuring 100 per cent coverage in the exercise.
“Our active participation is necessary because we all have a role to play in the school deworming exercise.
“The drugs are free, available for children above five years and some adults to curtail the spread of schistosomiasis and improve the health of our people, especially the children,” she said.
She therefore encouraged the public to ensure children were well fed before taking the medication, adding that the school feeding exercise by the federal government was part of efforts to improve the health and nutritional value of children.
Meanwhile, Dr Johnson Onyemah, the Consultant on School Feeding, Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, said over 54,000 schools nationwide were participating from the programme.
Onyemah added that over nine million school children between primary one to three were benefitting from the school feeding programme.
On his part, Malam Shehu Nasko, the Deputy Director, Health, UBEB, stressed the need for FCTA and its partners to ensure sufficient availability of deworming drugs to go round the councils.
Alhaji Shuaibu Pada, Agwai District Head and PTA Chairman, Kuje, reiterated the commitment of his council towards ensuring success of the exercise.
In her presentation on schistosomiasis, Hajiya Nafisat Isa, Disease Control Division, NTDs Unit, Department of Public Health, said Nigeria has the highest burden of schistosomiasis in Africa.
According to her, symptoms include bloody urine and stool, ache, poor appetite, fever, chills, cough and many others.
Dr Bola Babalakin, the National President, Government College, Ibadan Old Boys Association (GCIOBA), has commended the GCI Class ’91 September set on its giant strides to reposition the school.
Babalakin, a renowned Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), gave the commendation in Ibadan, at the 2022 Annual Convention and 25th Post-GCI Graduation Anniversary of the college.
He was represented by Mr Femi Babalola, the Patron of GCI Class ’91 September set.
Babalakin expressed satisfaction with the notable achievements of GCI Class ’91 Set, especially the developmental projects embarked upon to impact the students positively.
“I am aware of all that you are doing, but I want you to do more.
“As you all know, an MOU has been signed with the state government and this has been our prayers for years.
“GCI is now ours; we have been doing a lot, but the government wants us to do more, because we are actually in the trial period.
“And the more we do physical development and it is visible for the government, the faster it will be for them to be convinced of our determination to run the school,” Babalakin said.
Also, Babalola, in his capacity as the Patron of the Class ’91 Set and Chairman, Governing Board of GCI, said the school was back on track to attain its former glory.
“Though, it is not back to where we want it to be, I can assure you that with your supports and everyone, GCI will be where we want it to be in the next three years.
“We have a robust plan and presentation approval from the government, so nothing is stopping except us.
“Please, pass the message to your junior ones and your senior ones; this is the time we need ourselves the most,” he said.
Also, Mr John Alamu, an Agripreneur and Guest Speaker at the event, spoke on tips on how to get extra income.
Alamu said that agribusiness was the answer to the various economic hardships facing the country and the most important source of livelihood at this period.
In his anniversary message, Mr Tunde Akinsola, the Chairman, GCIOBA 1991 September set, said the mission of the set has remained sacrosanct.
Akinsola said: “This is to become the most dynamic set within the GCIOBA Community, thus fulfilling our statutory obligations to the restoration of GCI.
“And, providing a platform for networking, career enhancement and creation of entrepreneurial opportunities within the class set.
“We believe in software intervention that can add value to the lives of the current students in GCI.
“In the last one year, we have sponsored so many initiatives tailored toward adding value to the boys in Government College, Ibadan.
“One of such is sponsorship of Essay Writing Competition, co-sponsorship of Jets Day Programme in partnering with the school management, payment of 2022 fees for three best students during 20212022 academic calendar.
“We believe so much in the education initiative.
” Also, Mr Seyi Jegede, the Chairman, Convention Planning Committee, said comparing the past with the present, so much had changed in the education sector.
“We are aware that it had not been the same most importantly in terms of employment of teachers; it had been lagging behind.
“I am well aware that as old boys, we have been involved in the decision to ensure that we have more teachers in school.
“I am sure that lots of teachers in this school (GCI) are the doings of the old boys, we have PTA teachers.
“At some points, the percentage of PTA teachers is almost more overwhelming than what was provided by the government.
“We know the government cannot do it alone as education is a collective responsibility, considering the enormous responsibilities and challenges in the hands of the government.
“But, it is the right of every child to be educated.
So, I just wish the government could do more,” Jegede said.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the highlights of the celebration was the presentation of awards to Dr Bola Babalakin for his notable achievements and contributions to the development of GCI.
There was presentation of awards to former teachers and best students; launching of the fifth edition of “The Rock Magazine” and inauguration of toilet facilities, among others.
A retired Principal, Mr Olusola Oladele, on Wednesday advised secondary school teachers to always recognise and appreciate the uniqueness of their students to avoid inhibiting their innate abilities.
Oladele, former Principal, Government College, Ibadan (GCI), gave the advice at a staff development and training workshop for teachers of the Methodist High School (MHS), Ibadan.
According to him, it is sad that misunderstanding and mismanagement of students by teachers had continued to maim and hinder great, but rare gifts of most promising students.
“Teachers must understand that schools are not only for teaching, but also avenues where internal abilities, unknown, even to the students and their parents, are carefully identified and nurtured by mindful teachers.
“Some students are kinesthetic learners, while others are audio or visual learners.
They are so widely different, thus making no student a dullard.
“It is the duty of teachers to assist in identifying these different learners and guiding them unto becoming the best of who they are.
“Sadly, out of the stakeholders in the education sector, made up of parents, teachers, students, governments and communities, students, which are the most important, are least regarded.
“The students are the rallying point of other stakeholders; they are the reasons schools exist.
Teachers get paid, because of the students,” he said.
Oladele, who is also an old student of MHS (19691974 Set), described the selfishness of teachers and government as inimical to the welfare of students.
“When plans are made and money disbursed for the development of education, the last persons considered for benefits are the students.
“The students get to have the crumbs, while those up there eat the main bread.
“And again, when elephants fight, the grass gets trampled.
When those in authority pursue their selfish interests, the students are mostly affected,” he said.
The former principal also encouraged teachers to discuss the progress or state of their students with their parents or guardians in order to have common grounds in moulding the students.
“PTA meetings should not always be about money matters, where parents are burdened with financial issues.
“Rather, the meetings should be grounds to harmonise teaching efforts with the parents; letting parents know how to bring out the best of their children.
“I repeat, all efforts should be toward the development of the students, whose future can either be made of marred within the four corners of the school,” Oladele said.
Earlier, the Principal of school, Mrs Margret Sanwo, urged the teachers to give in their best and make good use of the training opportunities.
Sanwo said the training would have a great impact on the teachers and indirectly, much more on the students, if applied.
“The teachers are going through this training, not only for our sake, but mainly for the sake and development of our students,” she said.
Also, Dr Lekan Abioye, the National President of the school, said the programme was unique, being the first of its kind for teachers in the school.
“The old boys are committed to human development, ensuring that we have the best of teachers in the school.
“While it is good to have good infrastructure, there can be nothing as having great resourcefulness embedded in teachers.
“Our administration will, therefore, see that human development is highly considered and made a priority,” Abioye said.
Members of Parliament in the Education and Sports Committee want the line ministry to develop a tuition policy for all schools to ease the pressure of school fees on parents.
Parliamentarians have also expressed great concern about the increase in school fees in private and government-subsidized schools, especially during an ongoing school year.
Their concerns arose after a presentation by Kole North County Deputy, the Hon. Samuel Opio, on the increase in school fees in Ugandan schools, presented on Wednesday, August 31, 2022 during the interaction with the committee.
Opium cited the 2019/2020 Uganda Bureau of Statistics (UBOS) household survey, where net enrollment in secondary schools was 27.3% compared to primary school enrollment of 80%.
He called on the government to offer scholarship schemes in each district to support secondary and vocational training for the best workers as a mechanism to strengthen enrollment.
Opio pointed out that the fees currently charged by government-subsidized schools are discriminatory and deny equal opportunities to all citizens to attain the highest educational levels possible.
He also noted that secondary education is in many cases more expensive than university or tertiary education.
“Section 3(b) of the Education Act empowers the Minister, from time to time, to make regulations for the purpose of regulating the fees payable by any school,” Opio said.
“My prayer to this committee is that the Ministry of Education will suspend any increase in school fees for the third period.
It is important for the committee to dig into the fee structure of various schools because some are very inflated,” he added.
Opio noted that school boards, which are the main determinants of school fees, defied the directives of the Ministry of Education as of January 11, 2022 and have continued to increase fees unabated.
He noted that as much as rising food costs are apparent, any increase in school fees must be balanced against the constitutional obligation that all citizens attain the highest level of education possible.
AUDIO: Br. Samuel Opio “Ministry or district education officials should take action including, but not limited to, suspending the board of governors of schools that decided against the ministry directive halting further increase in school fees,” Opio prayed to the Committee.
Honorable Opio also called on the ministry to expedite the enactment of legal regulations to regulate the fees to be paid by various schools, preferably before the start of the next school year in 2023.
He said it would be prudent for a fee structure for schools to be standardized with categories additional approved by the Minister of Education and Sports.
He added that the government should offer nursery plans in each district to support the secondary and vocational training of the best as a mechanism to strengthen enrollment.
Honorable Nathan Itungo (Indep., Kashari South County) noted that many schools include many elements in the school fee structure that are not related to tuition, adding that discussions with the education minister can be helpful in verifying this.
The Honorable Geoffrey Ekanya (FDC, Tororo North County) said it would be unfair to reduce private school fees because they suffered during the COVID-19 period, but advised that the quality of public schools must be improved.
Jonam County Deputy Hon. Emmanuel Ongiertho noted that PTAs in schools are involved in driving many of the board decisions and charged parents make decisions in favor of other parents.
AUDIO: Major Jennifer Alanyo Major Jennifer Alanyo (UPDF Representative) called for an amendment to the way school boards are appointed and managed, and also called for school fee increases to be spread across of the school year instead of quarterly.
Hon. Agnes Acibu (NRM, Nebbi District) and the Hon. Jane Awich (NRM, Kaberamaido District) called on the government to develop a proper strategy to regulate secondary school enrollment structures in each region.
Chairman of the committee, Bro. John Twesigye (NRM, Bunyaruguru County), said members will make field visits to schools and conduct a thorough investigation into the matter of the fee increase.
AUDIO: Br. John Twesigye
The Parent Teacher Association, King’s College Lagos, says it expends over N58 million yearly as intervention to sustain the goals of the founding fathers of the 113 year-old institution.
The Chairman of the association, Mr Sunday Ameh, said this at a news conference on Friday in Lagos.
According to him, the body will not relent in its resolve to collaborate with the college, in its quest to sustain moral and academic excellence among students.
Ameh was speaking against the backdrop of reports in some quarters that the association was imposing unjustified levies on parents.
The reports alleged that the levies were outside the government-approved N5,000 PTA levy per term, for all the unity colleges across the country.
Some online media reported that some parents had stormed the main campus of the college on Thursday, in protest of an alleged imposition of extra PTA levy by the leadership of the association.
They were also said to be protesting against claims that the management of the college, had made it mandatory to transfer all day students to the boarding facilities.
Reacting, the chairman debunked the claims, describing them as malicious, wicked and misleading.
“Just yesterday, I learnt that a group of persons, who claimed to be Kings College parents, came to the school gate and were protesting.
“I was not on campus at the time.
However, let me make it clear that our doors have always been open to listen and address all concerns of parents.
“The issue in question is that we had an emergency PTA meeting on July 30, to attend to some pressing matters, including academic, issues of indiscipline, high cost of items and others, that we could not attend to, before students embarked on vacation.
“All of these was to ensure that we improve and sustain standard of the college and provide conducive environment for teaching and learning to thrive.
“At that meeting, therefore, having tabled all the challenges facing the college, parents, having looked at the issues critically and in their magnanimity and wisdom, came up with a resolution to assist the college in anyway possible, in a bid to keep it going.
” He said a motion was moved and was seconded by other parents, and they agreed that they would be paying an extra N3,000 aside the N5000 PTA levy paid every term.
This, the chairman said, was to cushion the effects of the challenges raised by the association’s executives.
“For the purpose of clarity, the decision to pay this extra levy was strictly made by parents.
“It has nothing to do with imposition or increase in levy of PTA by the executive or by the college management, as being speculated,” he said.
Ameh expressed surprise at the news, noting that it was misleading and disturbing.
He said that the extra levy was to assist in the area of diesel and waste disposal for both campuses.
Ameh also gave an insight into areas of intervention by the association, He said that disposal of waste generated in both campuses and the generation of power was depleting the meagre resources of the association, in the face of the current economic reality.
“Before now, for instance, we used to do evacuation of waste with the sum of N200,000 on both campuses per month.
“This has since changed, especially with the high cost of diesel currently.
“Since the issue of high cost of diesel, the cost for PSP covering King’s College has jumped N70,000 per trip, which is now done weekly.
“We managed this for about two months and it has put us in a very high cost of maintenance.
We can no longer carry out other tasks on these campuses, aside evacuation of refuse,” he said.
Amen said that the PTA, however, had teachers and non-teaching staff on its salary bills monthly, which amount to N4 million.
“We have a total of 53 teaching staff and 22 non-teaching staff, making a total of 75 in all, on our payroll.
“Aside this, we also handle cleaning of the two campuses and pay N320,000 monthly to our cleaning contractors, N560,000 to clear the incinerators in both campuses, as well as maintenance of electricals and plumbing issues.
“In all of these, we achieved without any extra leveies.
It is from our meagre resources,” the chairman exlained.
Similarly, the Principal of the college, Mr Andrew Agada, debunked stories making the round that all students of the institution had been mandated to live on campus as boarders.
He said there was no way such could be feasible, considering the fact that the college lacked the facility to achieve it.
“On the said day at the meeting and based on past experience, I discussed with the parents on the possibility of having all the JSS 1 to JSS 3 students as boarders, as there was enough space for that.
“Other students aside this category, are already exiting, and for them, it is still optional.
“We never made any comment saying that all the students must be boarders, as we do not have the capacity to do that.
“The essence of my proposal is to better manage these children, both morally and academically.
It will check late coming too, truancy and aimless roaming around,” he said.
Ameh said there were instances where a few students had been involved in accidents right in front of the college gate.
“I personally rushed them to hospital, picked up the bills, before contacting their parents.
“These, and other acts of indiscipline is what we are trying to check and nothing more.
“There was no time I mandated an all-boarding mode for the college,” Agada said.
He appealed to parents not to be deceived by what he described as malicious intents of mischief makers.
NAN) The Parent Teachers Association of Nigeria has denied asking parents of children in universities to pay N10, 000 each as contribution to ending the lingering strike by lecturers.
The PTA National President, Alhaji Danjuma Haruna, dismissed the claim in a statement made available to journalists on Friday in Kaduna.
“We are not involved in any statements related to paying money to ASUU for them to call off the ongoing strike.
“Our stand since the inception of the strike is for both ASUU and Federal Government to come to an agreement to end the strike, but not to contribute money to pay ASUU,” Haruna said.
He said the PTA believed that negotiation remained the best option of resolving the six months old strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
The PTA president, therefore, appealed to the federal government and ASUU to as a matter of urgency reach an agreement, because the strike had affected millions of students and their lecturers in many ways.
Haruna also called on the federal government to urgently rescue all kidnapped secondary school students across the country that were still in the hands of bandits.
The PTA president said it was disheartening that students of Federal Government College Birnin Yauri have remained in captivity for over 400 days.
Meanwhile, the National President, Foundation for the Protection of Women and Children in Nigeria, Hajiya Ramatu Tijjani has urged parents to monitor the movement of their children, who are on holidays.
Tijjani also said parents should monitor the social media platforms and television contents watched by the children, to ensure that it would not affect their morality.
The , Queen’s College Lagos, Dr (Mrs) Tokunbo Yakubu-Oyinloye, has urged parents to be prayerful and close to their children, especially in the face of the social media influence.
Yakubu-Oyinloye gave the advice in an interview on the sidelines of the institution’s Speech and Prize Giving Day ceremony on Thursday in Lagos.
According to her, there is need for parents to step up efforts in inculcating the right moral values in their children, as the school cannot do it alone.
“Today, we are having our speech and prize giving day, a day to reward and honour our staff and students, to reward hard work, diligence and excellence.
“We are also looking at our students, those who performed well academically.
“We are not just looking at that, we are looking at other values.
We have prizes for the most well behaved student, neatest student, most caring and even most improved student.
“For instance, If you were getting 20 per cent before and suddenly you now get 60 per cent, that means you have improved.
“We are also looking at our staff.
We have some who go the extra mile, some dedicated and hard working.
We are recognising all of these persons and rewarding them as well,” she said.
She called on our parents to strive hard to live up to their up to responsibilities by creating enough time for their children, given the influence of the social media on the young minds.
“It is no longer news that the social media has its negative sides, especially on young children, if not monitored.
“This, if left unchecked, may corrupt good manners and end up getting these children derailing,” the principal said.
She identified lack of supervision and mentoring as one of the challenges faced in nuturing children, especially the girl-child in the digital age.
Yakubu-Oyinloye said that parents must rise up to the occasion to ensure that children get the right values and become who they want to be.
She expressed regret that some parents were aiding and abetting children in terms of indiscipline.
According to her, it is unacceptable for parents to connive with their children to contravene school rules and regulations.
“A child who does such now will keep on doing it, even when they are out of school.
“When a child comes to school with contraband for instance, it is the parents that gave such a child the contraband.
“Some of the wrong attire and other contrabands they are caught with in school, are usually brought from home,” she stated.
The principal also fingered wrong role models as being responsible for moral decadence among children.
“In our time growing up, there was nothing like social media, including internet, but it is not the same thing now, because some of the things that they are exposed to, including the television and telephones, are things that can corrupt young minds.
“We also see people who are being seen as role models, that are not supposed to be.
“These children are easily attracted by the kind of lives they live, maybe because they have money that they throw around, including some of the music that are being played, which corrupt young minds.
“And this is where the parents must step up efforts in a bid to put these girls on the right path.
“Some of these parents will leave home early in the morning chasing money, only to get back home late.
They must know that everything is not about money.
“You do not have to buy a smart phone or an Iphone for a six- year- old child, just because you have the money, because you may not be able to control what that child sees on that phone.
You may not be able to control the influences,” she said.
Yakubu-Oyinloye noted that the school was doing its best through its guidance and counseling unit, with moral and motivational talks usually held from time to time for the students.
She said that parents need to be very much involved in raising their children, especially the girls, as there was more to parenting than providing them with all they requested for.
“They must also strive to know the kind of friends their children are keeping.
It is very important.
“This will help in knowing if the child is derailing.
So, parents must be up and doing, by devoting a lot of time for their children, pray for them and counsel them,” she noted.
She called on the parents to further support the school in whatever way they could, as government could not do it all alone.
The principal noted that government over the years, had continued to support the college by providing the enabling environment for teaching and learning to thrive.
“I must therefore commend the Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu and other top functionaries of the ministry, the Parents Teacher Association, the School Based Management Committee and the Old Girls for their various interventions in the college.
“I want to urge the Old Girls of the college to always join hands in lifting their alma mater to its desired height, having been established in 1927.
“Let them join hands with the school and contribute the much they can, to ensure that we have a school system of our dream, so as to achieve the much desired national development,” she said.
The principal stated that the college was faced with challenges in the area of dearth of both teaching and non teaching staff, aging infrastructure and inadequate vehicles for mobility.
She said that given the astronomical increase in cost of energy, arising from increased cost of diesel and electricity tariff, there was need for a solar-power plant.
Also speaking, the Chairman of the PTA.
Mr Damola Adewuyi, urged the graduating students to remain focused and shun all forms of distraction.
The Kaduna Basic Education Accountability Mechanism (KADBEAM), an accountability platform, has sought a working synergy with Kaduna State Ministry of Education to strengthen transparency and accountability in education service delivery.
KADBEAM citizens Co-chair, Malam Tijjani Aliyu, said during a courtesy call on the Commissioner, Hajiya Halima Lawal, in Kaduna, that the partnership was to improve the quality of education services.
Aliyu explained that KADBEAM was a permanent dialogue platform for government and citizens to co-create and co-implement programmes and policies in the education sector.
She added that the mechanism was being driven by citizens, civil society organizations, media, academia, SBMC, PTA, community leaders, education professionals and government officials with the Permanent Secretary of the ministry as the government co-chair.
This, according to him, is in line with the principle of the Open Government Partnership (OGP) that the state government had signed onto.
He added that the goal was to strengthen citizens’ engagement, transparency and accountability in the governance process and education service delivery in particular.
Aliyu called for the full participation of relevant departments and agencies under the ministry in the activities of the mechanism based on the formulation of the platform.
He said that the advocacy visit was also to improve working synergy and collaboration with the state government in delivering education policy priorities.
“We also want the ministry to support the OGP principle of co-creation, accountability, and transparency initiative of Gov. Nasir El-Rufai administration.
“Our expectation is for the ministry to enlist KADBEAM on the Project Monitoring Unit of the education sector.
“We equally want the ministry to deploy personnel and staff under the ministry, its departments, agencies and institutions in the Technical Working Groups of KADBEAM namely Evidence, Knowledge Management and Advocacy.
“KADBEAM also wants the ministry to facilitate the enrolment and placement of persons who have presented themselves for the state’s Second Chance Initiative,” he said.
He explained that KADBEAM had been providing feedback platform to the government on education investment, foster collaboration between state and non-state actors for improved service delivery in education He said that the mechanism also carried out advocacy, sensitisation, awareness creation and community mobilisation for education programmes and support policy formulation and implementation.
“We also involve in systems strengthening and capacity building for community-based groups, project and programme implementation monitoring, school support mechanism, institutional strengthening, stakeholder, and community engagement.” Mr Adejor Abel, State Lead Facilitator, Partnership to Engage Reform and Learn, a governance programme, said the programme would continue to support a positive working relationship between the government and the citizens.
Abel thanked the government and the ministry for opening the doors to work with citizens in line with the principle of open government partnership.
Responding, the commissioner thanked KADBEAM for supporting the state to improve the quality of education service delivery.
“We acknowledge the good work KADBEAM is doing in the education sector.
“The government would continue to open its doors to work with KADBEAM in the quest to improve the quality of education service delivery,” Lawal said.