By Henry Umoru
ABUJA—Senate president, Bukola Saraki, said yesterday that the Upper legislative chamber of the National Assembly would in a few months embark on plans to restructure Nigeria’s education system through a new legal framework to make it more competitive locally and internationally.
According to him, the new legislative framework will create more autonomy for the education system.
Saraki also said that with the present economic recession in Nigeria, interventions in the nation’s educational system must no longer be business as usual.
The Senate president, who stated this in a statement signed by Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, said there was the urgent need for comprehensive education reform across all levels to ensure that Nigerian students and schools were competitive globally.
He said: “Considering the economic situation in the country and the widening social inequality, we need to ensure that all Nigerians are well equipped for the future that lies ahead.
“This means that any reform in education can no longer be business as usual; it must involve government, academia, and the private sector.
“What we all want to see is an educational system that will meet the demands of employers in both the public and private sectors.
“However, it goes beyond just reforming our school systems, we have to tackle this problem from the root, which is primary education, all the way to tertiary education, which is at the top.”