The Centre for Social Justice, Equity and Transparency (CESJET) has lauded the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, saying he gave President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration a good outing in the education sector for the one year it has spent in office.
The group, which also commended the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, for its innovativeness, explained that the minister was able to largely avoid the prolonged shutdown that traditionally plague the education sector in the first year years of previous administrations.
A statement by CESJET Executive Secretary, Comrade Ikpa Isaac said the relative stability maintained in the education sector was despite the economic hardship that has limited government’s ability to implement projects.
The statement noted that the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu demonstrated an abundance of a trait Nigerians like in the government, which is the capacity to gauge public opinion and respond accordingly.
It said: “The Education Minister, Mallam Adamu Adamu, who had started on a less than popular footing with some policies summersault like the controversial termination of the tenure of Vice Chancellors of federal government owned universities, has since gained traction and working hard to justify his appointment by President Muhammadu Buhari.
“The ministry under Adamu demonstrated that it is in tune with trends in education worldwide with his support for the ICT revolution at the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB. This is a pointer to his clear understanding of how important the sector is to our country.
“We however urge the Minister and by extension President Muhammadu Buhari that Nigerians expect further improvement in the sector when the economy begins to recover. Citizens will take the level of commitment to education in the past one year as the minimum basic and would not accept a decline for any reason.
“We also urge that the sector should be modernised as rapidly as possible given the years of neglect that had left curricula outdated by several decades. The development at JAMB, which fully digitized and modernised most of its operation is the way to go and should be rolled across others facets of the education sector,” the statement advised.
It asked that the minister take concrete steps to address the issue of most graduates of tertiary institutions being unemployable as a result of skills deficit.