’Lack of capacity stalled 2011-2015 education roadmaps’

Nigeria’s 4-year strategic plan for the development of education, 2011-2015, failed to achieve its goals because of inadequate capacity of policy makers, planners and administrators, the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, has said. 

Adamu spoke in Abuja while delivering opening remarks at a Workshop organized for Deputy and Assistant Directors in Federal Ministry of Education Headquarters, with the theme: Leadership and Strategic Management in the Era of Education for Change. 

Represented by the Director of Human Resources in the ministry, Dr. Mohammed Omar, the minister stressed the strategic role played by deputy and assistant directors in policy-making and implementation.

“These leaders hold strategic positions in the ministry; and for the government to achieve its objective of change and reforms of inclusive functional education for all, the capacity building is apt and most desirable. 

“Education system is not static and therefore, the sector planners and managers need to acquire skills to update their function more effectively in line with the agenda of change,” he said.

He further noted that the Muhammadu Buhari-led administration recognises that the security and stability of Nigeria depends largely on its ability to provide functional education to it citizens.

According to him, the government also recognises that “Nigeria’s education system must prepare and equip the citizenry to effectively contribute and discharge their roles for national development.”

Earlier, the Director-General of National Institute for Educational Planning and Administration, NIEPA, Prof. Lilian Salami, stressed the need to strengthen the capacity of education administrators and leaders for the country to get out of its current pitiful state of education.

Salami noted that Federal Government’s successful launch of “Education for change: A Ministerial Strategic plan for 2016-2019,” can only be realized if rhetorics are replaced with critical thinking, actions and an environment conducive for the country’s educational yearnings.

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