Tinubu Approves System Wide Policies To Overhaul Education Sector

Ahmed Tinubu has approved system-wide policies to comprehensively overhaul the education sector to improve learning and skill development, increase enrolment, and ensure the academic security of the nation’s children.

This is stated in press release issued by the Special Adviser to the President, Chief Ajuri Ngelale on Thursday, 18 April 2024.

He said the approved policies are captured as DOTS, an acronym representing: Data Repository, Out-of-School Children Education, Teacher Training & Development, and Skill Development & Acquisition.

The statement is titled ‘President Tinubu establishes national education data system and approves skill development for all levels of education, teachers’ training and support nationwide.’

The United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund says one in five out-of-school children in the world are in Nigeria. This totals 10.2 million out-of-school children at the primary level, and 8.1 million at the junior secondary school level as the country continues to grapple with banditry, multidimensional poverty, and the rising cost of living.

The information is expected to guide federal and state interventions for teachers’ training and development as well as overall support.

It will also provide data on gender ratio (boys and girls), their specific learning needs, and who is in school or who has dropped out based on daily monitoring with year-by-year reporting.

The presidency also announced the creation of a dedicated portal/dashboard in the Federal Ministry of Education, offices of state governors, and local government chairpersons, which will host and disseminate this information for the federal government, states, and local governments to monitor in real-time.

“This new data tracking architecture will enable the government to track the progress of students, thus having a clear data-driven mechanism for interventions, especially concerning out-of-school children, girls, and those with specific learning disabilities, among others,” it said.

Regarding out-of-school children’s education and training, it highlighted ongoing efforts by the Federal Ministry of Education which it said is implementing the government’s policy through the activities of four of its agencies.

“Already, there are about two million beneficiaries. The system-wide policy will further enhance the education and training of the nation’s out-of-school children,” Ngelale revealed.

On teachers’ development and support, the Presidency said the Education Ministry will support and train teachers in digital skills to facilitate the use of technology in classrooms.

This is expected to bring technology and digitisation to teachers and learners at all levels of education.

It also emphasised skill development and acquisition for all levels saying the President has also approved the National Skills Framework.

The framework is expected to enhance skill diversity in the education sector to effectively equip Nigerian students with the requisite skills, knowledge, and values to become functional and productive members of society.

According to the Presidency, the NSF is designed to “provide the appropriate skills for each level of education that will result in the empowering of generations of Nigerians with the required aptitude for the evolving needs of the global economy of the 21st century.”

“This framework is expected to address skill gaps, quality of education, and unemployment concerns as students will acquire certain skill sets, in addition to general knowledge,” it added.

It assured Nigerians that once fully implemented, these programmes will succeed in resetting learning and connecting the ‘DOTS’ for significant improvement of the overall education system in Nigeria, in line with President Tinubu’s Renewed Hope Agenda.

Culled from Punch