Akwa Ibom State education expert, Mr. John Bassey, called for an increase in the budget to control the shrinking education system in Nigeria.
Ray-Field Int’l High School Principal Bassey told reporters at the 2021 enrollment / graduation ceremonies on Saturday in Uyo, capital of Akwa Ibom state, that education of the 21st century is a tool for solving emerging global problems.
He said there was a need for government at all levels to invest more in the country’s education sector budget, which he said would allow them to acquire gadgets and facilities to meet education standards. of the 21st century in other developed countries of the world.
âThe government, both local, state and federal, should look at the dwindling condition of the education sector and introduce the curriculum and discipline used in private schools, to enable students to compete with other students in private schools.
âThe government needs to understand what is lacking in the sector and know what can be done. They can borrow ideas from private schools to help restructure the education system and bring it up to par with private schools.
âIn a situation where teachers don’t go to class, how would the students learn? Government, parents and students have a role to play in this situation.
The government must provide the enabling environment, the parents must be prepared to let their children learn and also be prepared to do the remaining parts that the government cannot do, and the students must be willing and ready to learn.
âIf you noticed, no school has prepared for the COVID-19 pandemic and the lockdown that has affected everyone around the world. As a school, we looked at what we could do in this situation.
âWhatever the situation, education must continue and students must be educated. We quickly developed ways to reach students, even at home, to make sure they always get what they needed. And that’s what informed 21st century education.
âIf it was back then, without the gadgets and facilities, it would certainly have broken down. But we could still teach like a normal term.
âWe now see 21st century education as a tool to reach students, regardless of the circumstances we find ourselves in. “
Bassey called on the government and other institutions to make good use of education 21 and see how they can improve it for children.
Ray-Field International High School Principal Mr. Aniekan Sam Edem urged graduate students to be good ambassadors and to make good use of the quality education that the school impacts on them.
The event, which took place in the premises of the school located in Nsukara Offot, Uyo was attended by the education commissioner, Ms. Idongesit Etiebet and her counterpart in information / strategist, Ini Ememobong who was also represented. by the Director of Information at the Ministry, Mr. James Edet, as well as the Vice-Chancellor of Uyo University, Prof. Nyaudoh Ndaeyo.
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