Education: FG expresses worry over ineffective policy implementation

The Federal Government on Monday expressed worry over ineffective implementation of policies in the education sector.

The Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Education, Mr Andrew Adejo, expressed the concern, during the 67th National Council on Education ,NCE, meeting held in Ikeja. The theme of the NCE meeting : ”Addressing the Challenges of Policy Implementation: A Panacea for the Achievement of Education 2030 Agenda.

 

Addressing the Challenges of Policy Implementation: A Panacea for the Achievement of Education 2030 Agenda
From left, Permanent Secretary, Ministry Basic & Secondary Education, Mr Abayomi Abolaji; Permanent Secretary, Benue State Ministry of Education and Knowledge Management, Mr Agbo Ochekpe; Commissioner for Basic & Secondary Education, Representing Lagos State Governor, Mr Jamiu Alli-Balogun; Representatives, Permanent Secretary Federal Ministry of Education, Mrs Anigbogu Uju and Permanent Secretary, Abia State Ministry of Education, Mr Ikechukwu Oriuwa at the 67th National Council on Education (NCE) Meeting in Lagos on Monday (11/12/23)

Adejo, who was represented by Mrs Obianuju Anigbogu, the Director, Educational Planning, Research and Development ,EPR&D, Federal Ministry of Education, said that there was the need to ensure proper implementation of education policies, for a robust sector.

The theme: ”Addressing the Challenges of Policy Implementation: A Panacea for the Achievement of Education 2030 Agenda”, is apt in view of the fact that our policies are usually well-crafted, but are faced with ineffective implementation,” he said.

The permanent secretary said the educational policies faced delay and lack of regular review to reflect national needs and aspirations, lack of consistent monitoring and evaluation to check policy implementation.

”When policies that guide a nation are not implemented at the appropriate time the consequences are backwardness, under development, unemployment for graduates, poverty and insecurity.

”However, in order to tackle the challenges of policy implementation all hands must be on deck,” Adejo said. He further stated that over the years, successive governments have been confronted with numerous challenges which majorly centres on paucity of funds for funding education programmes and activities.

He, however, said both the Federal Government and many state governments had began to prioritise funding education, as witnessed in the budget estimates, already before the National Assembly and some state governments.

Addressing the Challenges of Policy Implementation: A Panacea for the Achievement of Education 2030 Agenda
Cross Section of the Permanent Secretaries at the 67th National Council on Education (NCE) Meeting in Lagos on Monday.(11/12/23)

The permanent secretary hoped other states would also emulate such budgetary example for the good of the nation.

”It is not enough to have adequate funds to show positive improvement in our education sector, we must all commit to put in our best to ensure that programmes are delivered appropriately to reach the desired beneficiaries.

”To make policies more concrete and valuable, policy implementers; curriculum planners; curriculum developers and policy-makers must imbibe realistic policies that the country’s education makes them less dependent on others for survival by analysing reliable factors that obstruct or accelerate the implementation process.

”Effective monitoring and evaluation of the National Council on Education decisions has also been identified as a game-changer in actualising policies, this will not only make our educational system functional but globally competitive,” he said.

Adejo urged stakeholders to make meaningful contributions that would proffer possible ways of addressing the challenges facing effective policy implementation in the education sector, and also push the sector towards the achievement of education 2030 Agenda.

Also speaking, Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State, said the NCE was a major stakeholders’ forum designed to brainstorm and collectively articulate ideas, towards improving education service delivery of the country.

Sanwo-Olu, who was represented by Mr Jamiu Alli-Balogun, the Lagos State Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education, charged educators in the education sector to ensure they turn out graduates that are fit for the labour market.

”As we jointly deliberate on critical issues pertaining to the educational development of our children with the intention of proffering lasting solutions to identified problems.

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”I seize this opportunity to remind us all, either as career professionals or elected officials to expand our thoughts and strive to produce self-reliant youths through our educational system.

”We must re-engineer and reposition our education policy making and implementation strategy to deliver graduate students who will blend with the labour market demand.

”It is in pursuit of this goal, that, we are gathered here as stakeholders to exchange ideas and agree on some proposed reforms,” he said.

The governor said the theme of the NCE meeting was apt as it provided an avenue to co-create and collaborate towards enhancing quality of teaching and learning.

He said this would provide more refined educational models and proffering lasting solutions to the challenges of policy formulation in the education sector.

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