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Education should be given priority -Okowa

By Tare Youdeowei & Chris Onuoha

DELTA State Governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa has stressed the need for re-evaluation of education in the country.

Speaking in Lagos at the luncheon of Old Boys Association of Ughelli Government College, Lagos branch, the Governor said education should be given priority to uplift its standard.

Okowa who was represented by the Commissioner for Education, Professor Chiedu Ebie, said that as part of his strategic wealth creation agenda for Deltans ‘SMART’ to ensure that education improves in Delta State, the Governor will convene a summit early next year to reviewe education in the 21st century with focus on capacity building for teachers and mentorship drive to encourage and inspire the young ones in school.

He said, “In Delta State, we have 435 secondary and 1,100 primary schools, and you would agree with me that it’s not an easy task to reach to everyone but ensuring that standard is very high. Being that there is a drop in the standard – infrastructural decay and even lack of quality, the Governor is convening stakeholder’s meeting in form of an education summit to hold in the first quarter of 2016.

“At the summit, we intend to x-ray the state of our schools and educational systems and ask what can be done and how to go about it. I think, with the education summit, we should be able to address some of these issues and come up with solutions.

“But funding continues to be very important and we have to look at how we can bridge the funding gap.”

While speaking on the falling standard in both public and some of the private owned schools, he said, “We have responsibility as regulators. We are looking at how to review the policies as relates to private schools so that we can extend our oversight functions and ensure the standard is improved.

“Essentially, the main focus of this administration is to ensure that we improve the standard of education to provide quality education across board.”


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