Written by Austine ELEMUE

DPPRS to validate area councils’ education plan

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In order to ensure adequate planning, implementation and development of the education sector strategic and operational plans at the FCT level, the Department of Policy, Planning, Research and Statitics has brought together the six area councils in FCT to present their Local Education Sector and Operational Plan, LESOP, to stakeholders for further consultation and validation. 

Speaking during a 3-day stakeholders' meeting supported by UNICEF, the director of the department, Dr. Sani Ladan, said the objectives of the stakeholders' meeting is to interface with the document for necessary inputs, look at the data used in terms of baselines and target, while ensuring the LEA of active involvement in the LESOP document. 

Ladan noted that, the responsibilities of providing basic quality education lies on the Local Education Authority, just as he observed that, over the years, UNICEF has supported the development of the education sector strategic and operational plans at the state level involving thirty states including the FCT.

He said the process has strengthened both institutional and individual capacity at local level, soliciting for adequate funding for the department to enable it carries out the expected mandate of in depth and adequate planning and research as well as correct collection of data as applicable. 

In their various submissions, the two resource persons, Dr. Gladys Makoju and Barrister Ego Okechukwu, said that the planning development process is strategic and aimed at bringing planning and implementation of education sector activities to the grassroot level. 

In their goodwill messages, the directors of School Services in Secondary Education Board and Special Needs, respectively, Dr. Sunday Idakwoji and Dr. Ene Fransisca, noted that the secondary education is also vital to effect the plan document, while putting into consideration special needs persons into the LESOP plan in order to bridge the gap.  

Earlier, the director of Administration and Finance, Education Secretariat, Mallam Umar Marafa, called on all the FCT stakeholders to key into LESOP to improve education at the local level, adding that the document will guide the service delivery of quality education in the territory. 









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