Nigerian Association for Educational Administration and Planning (NAEAP), has identified sustainable strategies that will help revamp Nigeria’s educational sector, emphasizing that only quality education is needed to salvage the declining status of the sector.
The National President, Nigerian Association for Educational Administration and Planning (NAEAP), Professor Hauwa Imam, made the declaration while making a keynote address at the 1st Annual Education Symposium of the association on Tuesday in Lagos.
The President maintained that present realities in the sector demand that all stakeholders, starting from government across all tiers, local, state and federal levels, managers, teachers and administrators must rise up to reposition the sector to take its rightful position.
The National President, who spoke on the theme “Repositioning the Education sector for sustainable development through effective management of schools in Nigeria”, highlighted the importance of the education sector to the country’s political, economic and social development goals.
Professor Imam itemized various plans to use to meet up with the set goals like a review of the current basic education, post-basic education, secondary education, mass/nomadic education and tertiary education.
She also suggested some concepts that could be useful for sustainable development goals, which will, in turn, promote the development of knowledge, skills, values and actions required to guarantee a sustainable world.
She called on the government to address issues of funding, public enlightenment, planning and skill acquisition development/training in order to advance the knowledge of teachers, just as she advised stakeholders to also contribute their quotas to achieve the desired repositioning.
“If schools are to deliver good products, key stakeholders also need to take certain and critical steps to sustain our academic sector by continually improving the desired outcome”, Imam said.
Also in her opening address, the Local Organising Chairman, Dr Mrs Oyeyemi Ayoola, welcome all members to the maiden symposium and expressed her appreciation for effective support from all members, adding that the members also would not disappoint the entire association, especially for the confidence reposed in them towards hosting a successful maiden forum.
She said discussion at the Symposium will expose participants to what obtains in the global world as it affects the teaching profession and also proffers solutions to some lingering issues that will help bring the sector at par with other countries.
“We want to delineate on how to improve the educational sector, this stems from the belief that Education officers can turn around Nigeria’s fortune for good and this starts from impacting and moulding the characters of the leaders of tomorrow.” Dr Ayoola added.