By Olubusuyi Adenipekun
The Executive Secretary, Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC), Dr. Ahmed Modibbo Mohammed has said that Basic Education is not only paramount to National Development, but for development to be sustained, it has to be anchored on sound and relevant Education.
The Executive Secretary disclosed in a paper he delivered to the participants of the Executive Intelligence Management Course II at the Institute for Security Studies, Lower Usuman Dam, Bwari Abuja.
The Executive Secretary who spoke on â€œthe Falling Standard of Education in Nigeria:Â Implication for Developmentâ€ stressed that the â€œFalling Standard in Educationâ€ is a symptom of inadequacy or crudely put falling standard in the inputs from the economic sector into the education sector whose further manifestation is falling standard of processing (teaching and learning) and the completion of the Vicious Circle with inadequately prepare studentsÂ and graduate performing sub-optimally in the various sectors of the economy as employees.
According to him, Education reduces child mortality, improves maternal health, control population growth and equips the citizen to effectively manage the economy of the Country.
â€œWith Education, we can reduce or eliminate the vicious circle of illiteracy, poverty, disease, hunger and underdevelopment and if education is able to develop the mind which is the central hob ofÂ development, then every other development indices, productivity and per-capita income environmental sustainability, innovation and charge and healthy transmission of societal values to the next generation is guaranteed,â€ he said.
Dr. Mohammed said Education constitutes the core of human development and also a vital tool for transformation and the key to sustainable development of a nation.
He said that besides the achievement of Universal Primary Education as a principal goal among the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), education account significantly for the totality of the MDGs.
Dr. Mohammed maintained that meeting basic education needs is a sure step to meeting basic sustainable human development needs.
He noted that Nigeriaâ€™s ability to adequately empower her citizenry, diversity and strengthen the national economy, institutionalize democratic ideals and ensure peace and security depends largely on the performance of the education sector.