By Stanley Onyekwere
The FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello has charged the heads of the various agencies and departments of its Education Secretariat to place a lot of emphasis on quality, and not necessarily on quantity.
Bello, who made this charge as he continued to receive briefings from the various Secretariats, Departments and Agencies (SDAs) of the FCTA, urged them to take public education back to its glory days.
The briefing, which also had in attendance the Honourable Minister of State, Dr Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu and the Permanent Secretary Sir Chinyeaka Ohaa, had all the heads of Boards, Departments and Agencies of the Secretariat making detailed presentations on their mandate, achievements challenges and prospects.
Bello noted that what is currently lacking in the public-school system today, is commitment to duty.
He recalled that as a product of public education at institutions from primary to tertiary level, he is very appreciative of the education he received from his teachers and lecturers.
He therefore charged the teachers and school administrators to be more committed to their duties, as “we owe it to God and humanity to change the system.”
He equally noted that the consequences of internal bickering and in-fighting could be very dire indeed in the long run.
The Minister emphasised that education is the vehicle that will drive the agenda of change in the FCT and reiterated that teachers should develop a passion for the profession, which he described as noble.
He challenged the heads of the boards and departments that they should show more commitment to duty as he intends to see positive changes over the next two years.
He also pledged that his administration will devote a lot of time and resources to education and disclosed that the Administration intends to complete all on-going projects in the sector over the next 18 months.
He however said administrators and heads of departments and agencies must put in extra work, adding that “You as line managers must go the extra mile. You must put in that extra effort.”
On the issue of alleged sexual assault and cultism in FCT schools, the Minister said this was failure of management at the school levels by the and challenged principals to take proper charge of their schools.
In her remarks, the Hon. minister of State, Dr Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu called for synergy and communication amongst the various Boards and Departments of the Secretariat, emphasising that this was the panacea for meeting the yearnings of the people.