In a bid to collate data for effective future planning, the FCT Administration has threatened to shut down any school that fails to provide accurate information required to enhance future planning that would help in repositioning the education sector.
The Permanent Secretary FCTA, Mr. Olusade Adesola, gave the warning during the FCT Annual School Census flag off for 2020/2021 in Abuja.
The Permanent Secretary was represented by the Director FCT Secondary Education Board, Mrs Lanre Emeje.
He also threatened to sanction school proprietors and administrators that may default in the data collation processes.
According to the Permanent Secretary, with the influx of people into the nation’s capital, the census would provide credible data base for policies formulation and programme that will make every school age children count.
He noted that the benefit of the school census would reduce pressure on educational facilities with proper planning to commensurate the growing population by way of budgeting for additional schools or expansion of existing one.
“I wish to also commend the private sector participation in the provision of education services to the residence of FCT. You have keyed into the slogan “Education for all is the responsibility of all”. However, in as much as we appreciate your contributions, we need to know the status, level and quality of the education you are providing. Participation in the Annual School Census is one of the means of providing us with the data on such information which in turn will pave way for any intervention.
“I enjoin all stake holders to take the conduct of the 2020/2021seriously through diligent participation by providing accurate, reliable and timely data required. Appropriate sanctions including shutting down of any school will be enforced for any school that fails to comply. School heads, Principals and Proprietors will be held accountable for failure to participate.” Adesola warned.
On his part, the Secretary for Education, Mr Sani Dahir El-Katazu, said aside providing reliable and timely data of all schools to ensure proper planning, the Annual School Census will also provide an opportunity to evaluate the performance of the school system towards effective management of education in FCT and in Nigeria at large.
On his part. Director Department of Policy Planning ,Research, and statistics, FCT EDU Secretariat, Dr Mohammed Sani ladan however noted that accurate data for education planning and decision making has been a major concern of the government and this has also created difficulties for development partners to provide the needed support in some areas.
Dr Ladan also hinted that the last report of annual schools census had contributed to decisions taken by Education Secretariat on establishments of new schools.
“It helps to ensure that credible, reliable and usable data is provided for effective planning, research purposes and sound decision making.”
By Remi Johnson