Former Speaker, Bankole, Calls for Reform in Education Sector
Former Speaker, House of Representatives, Hon. Dimeji Bankole on Thursday called for total reform in the education sector, noting that the nation's educational system needs a structural reform.
The former speaker said non- compliance with the UNESCO recommendation of 26 percent allocation to education in the country was one of the problems affecting the nation's education system.
Bankole, who spoke as the guest lecturer at the Year 2016 Registry Day, held at Federal College of Education, FCE in Abeokuta, said the reform in the education sector was necessary due to certain factors which had been created setbacks to the sector over the years.
He said poor financing and poor regulation of standards, inadequate manpower, as well as low reading culture among the Nigerian students as factors mitigating against the system.
According to him, the problems within our education system are many and range from inadequate funds, poor regulation of standards, non-compliance with the UNESCO recommendation of 26 percent sectoral allocation to education both at the state and the federal levels.
" Inadequate manpower, poor strategies in the implementation of polices, a general plunge in reading culture, all of which culminate in a worrisome trend of abysmal performance in general examinations and the increase prevalence of examination misconduct " he said.
He added that Nigerian teachers had a major role to play in preparing students for future leadership, charging teachers at the College to work harder in training students academically so that they could compete with students from other institutions.
He said "you must ensure that your students and graduates are adequately trained and that performance standard are enforced and met in your schools. You know that your students are going out to compete with university graduates, give them the tool to excel in the face of such competition. ".
However, Acting Provost, Dr. Bolatito Adeniji, assured the college that it would continue to gain more development under her watch.