By Bose Adelaja
There is no doubt that the nation’s educational sector needs to arise from various challenges, ranging from examination malpractice, shortage of facilities, non-functional curriculum and truancy among several others.
Since it became apparent that the cankerworm has eaten deep into the system, strategies have been mapped out from corporate organisations, individuals and non government organisations but quite a lot of them are yet to come out with a workable solution while the challenges continue unabated.
When almost 98 per cent failure was recorded in year 2009 NECO Examinations, it did not go well with many parents and teachers but the there was little anybody could do as regards the menace, the deed has been done before anybody could realise it.
However, such challenges have drawn some meaningful individuals from the academic field, who converged last Thursday at Conference Hall of Eden Comfort Plaza in Ikeja, Lagos, to map out way forward to the various challenges.
Among other things, the gathering has ear marked Friday and Saturday the 18th and 19th of May, 2011 for Nigerian School Conference with theme ‘’Bringing the future into focus-strategic positioning for the next decade,’‘ as packaged by Team masters Limited, aimed at offering insight and helpful approaches in making a difference in the education sector.
The project was initiated to provide an action plan for reshaping the value system of schools and promote the quality of education in Nigeria and Africa at large.
At the forum, Team Masters Managing Director Rotimi Eyitayo said the project was aimed at helping educational stakeholders fine tune their skills and help them achieve new ones that will be put into action towards improving the quality and standard of education in various schools.
‘’The entire school system in Nigeria witnessed a revolution in 2000 NECO examination, since then, a lot of structures have been changed. Our educational sector is dwindling and we need a platform in the school system in Nigeria and Africa. The sector has been facing various challenges, if education must be for all in the millennium year, all hands must be on deck to revive the system,’‘ he said.
Also contributing, carol Scort-Mchale of JPS Educational consultants and class recruitment, United Kingdom said there is need for schools to develop teachers and students and help them realise their goal in the sector so that the nation can bounce back like before.
In his own contribution, a consultant Deola kayode argued that education is an important sector we cannot afford to neglect or brush aside, ‘’an average of 98 per cent failure is a serious problem. The conference will look at the causes as well as the affected areas in a bid o offer solution,’‘ he noted.
According to him, a lot of speakers have been invited to handle various topics among whom are Minister for Education Professor Ruqqayattu Rufai and Managing Director of Anthony Millard Consulting, United Kingdom,’‘if there is a failure in any organisation, we must offer a solution and add value to the lives of those affected,’‘he added.