Vice President Namadi Sambo on Tuesday affirmed that the Federal Government had the political will to transform the educational sector for positive results.
Sambo made this known when he featured at the presidential dialogue at the three-day 20th Nigerian Economic Summit in Abuja.
He said that aside from other issues positioned for attention in the education sector, National Policy on Teachers was a priority to the Federal Government.
He explained that the policy was intended to engender private sector participation in supporting training and other issues about teachers.
He said “Transforming Education in Nigeria: Implications for the Future’’ the summit’s theme was apt, adding that President Goodluck Jonathan’s transformation agenda had education as major focus for economic development.
In his contribution, Prof. PAI Obanya, Chairman, Board of West African Examinations Council (WAEC), said that the government was yet to get things right in the education sector.
Obanya described the level of degradation in the sector as “unfortunate”, regretting that the “Nigerian Federalism” was affecting the way policies were being made for education sector.
He called for the review of the education management system in the country, and suggested that knowledgeable teachers should be brought into the system.
“We need to bring the right teachers into the system, the input we have today is what is affecting the output in the system,’’ Obanya said.
He also called on the government to fast track the implementation of the national teachers’ policy document.
Nigerian’s Permanent Delegate to UNESCO Maryam Katagum called for massive capacity building in the education sector.
Katagum said there was huge capacity deficiency in the system which needed to be improved tremendously. (NAN)