By Remi Johnson
In other to maintain and sustain standards, the FCT Education Secretariat says it will intensify efforts in monitoring the activities of Public and Private schools in the territory more closely in the coming year.
Secretary, FCT Education Secretariat, Malam Sani El-katuzu, who stated this during the end of year briefing in Abuja, said this is to ensure compliance with existing regulations towards providing quality education for residents.
To achieve this, Malam El- Katuzu said priority would be given to teacher’s welfare and improve their working condition to motivate them to discharge their duties efficiently.
On safe school initiative, Malam El- katuzu said relevant technologies would be deployed to schools, particularly to schools in vulnerable locations to ensure that students and teachers are secured.
He also assured that efforts and available resources would be channeled to erect perimeter fences in schools ,provide school buses for some certain schools, as well as embark on safe water project in schools.
“To adopt technology as a strong tool in the delivery of education services to the residents of FCT and for education administration; and to upgrade physical and educational facilities in all our schools” El- Katuzu assured.
To address over stretched school facilities, he hinted that 8 ECCDE and 23 new schools, comprising 6 primary, 6 Junior Secondary, 11 Senior Secondary schools were established in rural communities within the year under review.
The Secretary also revealed plans to transform the FCT College of Education, Zuba to University of Education, establish FCT Polytechnic and ensure the use of Multimedia in the teaching and learning processes in FCT schools.
The Education Boss who decried the spate of insecurity across the country, identified “influx of people into FCT, paucity and delay in release of funds, lack of perimeter fences in some schools, difficulties in acquiring lands for establishing new schools, inadequate teaching and technical staff” as some of the challenges the FCT Education Secretariat was grappling with.
Edited by Enuwa Ochai