62nd NCE Meeting Ends in Kano
The 62nd meeting of the National Council on Education (NCE) with which was held between 24th and 28th July, 2017 has ended in Kano, Kano State. The theme of the meeting was: “Inclusive Education; Creating Quality Learning Opportunity for all: Implication for Concurrency in Education in Nigeria”.
In a keynote address, the Honourable Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu called on the delegates to identify challenges and consider policy options that will enable the education sector move rapidly to entrench a 21st century education system that is globally competitive.
The Minister's address centred on key areas which included; Implementation of inclusive education, Concurrency in education, Professionalism of teaching, Technical and Vocational Training, Basic education curriculum controversy, Improving areas of quality in tertiary education, Promoting inclusive in the UTME Computer Base Test, and Institutionalization of the Nigerian education management information system.
After extensive deliberations on the memoranda presented to the meeting and other issues on how to improve Nigeria's education sector, the Council noted the need to improve on the organisation of Joint Consultative Committee on Education (JCCE) Plenary and NCE meetings in terms of categories and number of delegates and the mode of presentation of documents among others.
The Council also endorsed the need to start piloting the National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs) particularly in areas where National Occupational Standards (NOS) have been developed and classified; need for States participation in NVQs delivery for skills of the youth; need for the Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation to fast-track the inclusion of NVQs in the Scheme of Service as well as States and FCT to ensure that all artisans and craftsmen are certified and licensed in their occupation before they can practise in line with global best practice.
The Council agreed the need to retrain lecturers in all faculties/schools and departments in tertiary institutions for effective implementation on inclusive education in curriculum delivery; and Nigeria Employers Consultative Association (NECA), Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA) and manufacturers' Association of Nigeria (MAN) to accept the technical teachers during training which is for a period of one month every three years.
Council also agreed that the Federal Ministry of Education, States, the FCT and all relevant stakeholders to take more proactive measures in intensifying advocacy, sensitization and campaigns for the achievement of inclusive education in the country; adequate funding, provision of learning materials, equipment and structures are needed in Inclusive Schools.
Representative of the Kano State Deputy Governor and Commissioner for Education, Science, Technology and Innovation, Prof. Hafiz Abubakar; Dr. Bakari Ado Hussaini, who is also the Special Adviser to the Governor on Education Matters declared the meeting open, while the Director overseeing the office of the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Education (FME), Dr. Husseini Adamu delivered the opening remark in which he expressed gratitude to Anambra and Edo States for hosting the JCCE Reference and Plenary meetings respectively.
Dr. Husseini who called on the delegates to come up with policies that will enhance the development of the inclusive and equitable education system in the country, said that the theme of the meeting was apt as 10.5 million of the over 20 million out of school children globally are in Nigeria. He added that a sound inclusive and functional education system must be put in place for the nation to achieve economic prosperity.
Chairman of the Technical session who was represented by the Director, Educational Planning, Research and Development (EPR&D), who is also the Chairperson JCCE&NCE, Mrs Magdalene Anene-Maidoh urged the delegates to contribute significantly to the realization of the meeting. She commended the Deputy Governor of Kano State and the Permanent Secretaries in attendance.
The Technical Session was attended by Permanent Secretaries from State Ministries of Education, Chief Executive Officers of Parastatals of the Federal Ministry of Education, States Ministry of Education; representatives of Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and other relevant stakeholders, while dignitaries at the ministerial session included Prof. Anthony Gozie Anwuka, Minister of State for Education, Prof. Hafiz Abubakar, Deputy Governor Kano State, the Emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi II who was represented by Madaki of Kano, Honourable Commissioners, Director overseeing the Office of the Permanent Secretary FME, Dr. Hussaini Adamu among other relevant stakeholders.