Take education data collection seriously, don charges govt
Head of Department, Education Administration, University of Lagos, Prof. Stephen Oyebade, has called on the Federal Government to take data collection seriously in the country’s education sector in order to ensure effective planning.
Presenting a keynote address titled, “157th Year of Secondary Education in Nigeria” at a one-day National Education Colloquium, organised by CMS Grammar School, Bariga, Lagos, as part of activities to mark its 157th Founder’s Day Anniversary, Oyebade decried absence of accurate data in secondary schools across the country, wondering how government would effectively plan for schools when it lacks facts and figures.
He urged policy makers to create a regulatory body for secondary school education in the country and ensure consistency in curriculum and policies.
He said, “We don’t have accurate number of students and teachers in our schools; there is no available data for those who will be admitted next session. Government needs adequate data to plan for the development of new infrastructure to enhance teaching and learning in our schools. And in most schools these information are not available.”
He also identified poor remunerations of teachers, inadequate funding, irregular school supervision/inspection, poor teaching facilities and political intervention as some of the challenges facing the development of education in the country.
He therefore, among others recommended prompt payment of allowances and salaries of teachers; increase in funding by governments, corporate organisations and the missionaries; regular training and retraining of teachers; promotion of cultural values; implementation of laws on examination malpractices; establishment of more technical school, and regular inspection of schools as ways of moving the sector forward.