By Kelechukwu Iruoma
CHAIRMAN Advisory Board, of Fast Track Schools, Mr. Tom Obaseki, has urged the federal government to increase spending in the educational sector to transform it to meet the needs of the 21st century. Obaseki, who said this at the graduating and prize giving ceremony of FasTrack Schools in Lagos, decried the state of education in the country, stating that the transformation must begin at the basic level.
He said: “Educational system in Nigeria is really at a cross road. The government is not doing well to transform the system, especially at the basic level. The basic level is when you mould the child. It is where you teach a child the basic things and when the child loses it at that level, the child loses it forever.
“Government has to put in more money into education if they want to develop the system. They should fund education and the funding should be measurable. They should also embark on training and retraining of teachers so that they can be able to make Nigerian kids be competitive in the future. With globalization and internet, the world is a global village. And students need skills to be competitive in future.”
Speaking also, the Director of the schools, Mrs. Adesuwa Obaseki stated that they do not fail in training their teachers to meet needs. She said: “As the tradition, the session commenced with series of trainings and seminars aimed at improving the service delivery of both teaching and non-teaching staff. Some of these required that we invite industry experts to expose us to modern teaching, service quality and customer service methods.”
Some of the teachers who had served the school between five to 10 years were rewarded with refrigerators, laptops, gas cooker, among other things.