November 19, 2015

No Nigerian school on PISA scale — Educationist

By Amaka Abayomi & Kelechukwu Iruoma

A DOCTOR of Educational Psychology, Dr. Dolapo Ogunbawo, has blamed lack of adequate funding as one of the major reasons Nigerian schools are not ranked on the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) scale, a global assessment system used in ranking schools.

Ogunbawo, who retired from the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate, UCLES, and resumes as School Development Manager, Lekki British International School, Lekki Phase 1, disclosed this during a media chat on recent developments in the school when she said education in countries like Finland and England are highly rated because their governments invest heavily in education.

She said “the PISA scale is used to rate education globally and it is so sad that no Nigerian school is on the scale while some Ghanian schools are represented there. The reason being that those countries have and will continue to properly invest in education while we underfund ours.

“Even the public schools in England are financed by government to the tune of four thousand pounds per term for a student, and that is the minimum standard of education. So if our government can match same funding, the difference in the standard and quality of education in this country would be remarkable.”

The educationist said for the Education Minister, Mallam Adamu Adamu, to set the sector on the right path, he needs to surround himself with people that are grounded and passionate about education, focus on teachers’ training and review the curriculum.

She also tasked him to establish the Department of Special Needs Education in all schools that would cater for those students that have challenges with learning.

She said “This is another area government must pay special attention to as children are bound to be different. Special education needs is about establishing skills trainings for children that find learning difficult as investigations reveal that many children suffer because they don’t learn as fast as others do. They need to be channelled in a different way, which only special education can solve.”