25 February 2021 By Remi Johnson
The Federal Capital Territory Administration has unveiled 3 publications, with a pledge to continue to support educational research, policies and programmes that would make FCT public Schools be above other schools by all standards.
FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello gave the assurance during the official unveiling of the publications in Abuja.
The publications were a compendium of fact finding outcomes of efforts of FCT Public schools in achieving the target of sustainable educational goals in the FCT from 2017 to 2019 in the areas of annual school statistics, community score card of educational services and monitoring.
The FCT Minister, represented by the Permanent Secretary, Mr Olusade Adesola pointed out that education remained a veritable tool for sustainable development.
The Minister who said the FCT Administration would look into some of the challenges identified in the publications like insufficient classrooms and toilets in some schools to make them more conducive for learning, also called on well meaning Nigerians and developmental partners to support government’s efforts at repositioning the education sector.
The FCT Minister specifically expressed delight that the publications would give room for easy access to accurate data on the number of schools , students and teachers in the territory .
The Acting Director, Administration and Finance, FCT Education Secretariat, Malam Leramoh Onivefu Abdulrazaq highlighted the significance of the study to include facilitating robust planning ng,gathering of accurate data that would fast track workable decision making to engender the attainment of 2030 sustainable educational development in the FCT.
Malam Abdulrazaq appreciated the UNICEF and other Development Partners, and promised the Administrations readiness to continue to explore possibilities of collaborating with more partners in the development of education in the FCT.
According to him, inspite of the influx of peope into the nation’s capital city and the pressure on the facilities, the outcome of the publications revealed that there was a steady geometric progressive growth in the number of Schools, teachers, students and their performances from 2017 to 2019, even till date.
Also, the Director Department of Policy Planning Research and Statistics, Dr Mohammed Sani Ladan who noted that the Department has the mandate of conducting research on emerging issues of Educational importance, said the publications would serve as a guide for educational policy formulators, curriculum developers to effectively plan school activities .
He pointed out that Conduct of Community Score Card 2018 was aimed at getting feedback from the stakeholders, through seeking opinions of parents, students and other community members on educational services provided by FCT Education Secretariat.
The Monitoring of Learning Achievement (MLA) as the name connotes, was aimed at assessing knowledge, skills and attitudes (values) that primary school pupils have gained based on the curriculum content; while the MLA was used to measure learners performances.