7 December 2012

Nigeria: Niger Gov Blames Parents for Rot in Education System

Niger State Governor Muazu Babangida Aliyu has attributed the rot in Nigeria's educational system to lack of synergy between school administrators and parents.

Aliyu, who made the comment while inaugurating a committee on the establishment of University of Education yesterday in Minna, said that to address the rot, the country must pay greater attention to the educational development of children by parents and as well bring back the culture of excellence that has eluded schools in the country

The governor said parents must be actively involved in the education of their wards and blamed parents who, he said, had not been relating well with school administrators as most parents never cared to find out from their wards how they were doing in school.

Aliyu said that, unlike in the past, religious leaders had neglected their roles as moulders of morals and guide of the nation in all spheres of human endeavour, including education.

On the University of Education to be established in Minna in the 2013/2014 academic calendar, he said it would be unique in all aspects of education as it would be a reference point by education stakeholders in the country.

To further boost education in the state, he said that 10 schools, spread evenly across the senatorial zones of the state, would now be designated for Grade 2 teachers programme where students interested in taking education as a profession will sit for internal examination in addition to the National Examination Council (NECO) and West African Examination Council (WAEC) senior school public examinations.

He said the government's position was informed by the fact that education was on the concurrent list in the nation's constitution.

Chairman of the committee and former Vice Chancellor, Federal University of Technology, Minna, Professor Mohammad Daniya, promised that they would live up to the expectation of the government.

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