The Secretary, FCT Education Secretariat, Senator Isa Maina has called on all staff of FCT Secondary Education Board to ensure the interest of students are given top priority, to pave way for efficient learning and teaching process.
The Secretary for Education made this point, during a one day official visit to the Board Headquarters, in Area 3, Garki-Abuja.
Maina explained that,the Students just like the teachers are very critical to the development of education at all levels, hence they should not be denied basic academic needs to achieve wholistic education.
He said,every activities that need to be carried out to positively impacted them and make them useful individual must not be compromised.
The Secretary for Education who expressed dissatisfaction with the handling and unorganized way of processing the school feeding for the Boarding Schools said the students are the major reason for the staff various schedule and this schedule should not be taken for granted but be discharge in accordance to laid down rules and regulations to avoid students suffering.
He noted that inefficiency and lack of proper organization as well as lack of teamwork in the civil service is alarming warning that such attitude will not be tolerated.
He equally urged the management to work together as a team to achieve the Board mandates.
He however warned further that no public funds should be wasted on activities that do not have direct impact on the students or do not add value to the system emphasizing that the process of governance which anchors on budgetary allocations must be duly followed.
The FCT Education boss reiterated that judicious use of funds and accountability are necessary in the system.
Maina also frowned at the Admission process of Students in FCT Senior Secondary Schools without consideration to the capacity of the School leading to congestion and overstretching of the school facilities as well as make the teaching and learning process uninteresting.
He therefore called on all concerned not to comprised the Admission process for self interest .
The Secretary for Education highlight the importance of capacity building of staff to be able to deliver quality educational services, adding that promotion and posting of principals should be merit based.
He advised students discipline should not be complicated saying that a trained teacher will devise different ways of punishing student without resulting to beating which can further create problems as some parents will not understand the reason for such disciplinary measures.
He commended the Board for keeping a tidy working environment.
Earlier, the Chairman of the Board,Hon Yahaya Musa Muhammad expressed his delight for the one day official visit to the Headquarters.
The visit, according to the Chairman will afford him the opportunity of sharing some of the challenges of the 14 years old Board and how to surmount them.
He pointed out the imbalance of Junior and the senior secondary schools which results to overpopulation.
The Chairman called for urgent intervention in the abandoned projects and the urgent need to intervene in Science practical for the SSS 3 and for adequate security in the 62 Senior secondary schools to safe guard the school properties.
The Chairman reiterates commitment towards achieving the 8 Point Agenda of capacity building and manpower development, effective monitoring and evaluation, provision of physical and instructional materials to enhance learning and teaching process among others.
Muhammad assured that serious focus on academic activities to achieve best performances,punctuality, environment sanitation to make learning environment conducive as well as prudent management of resources will be sustained.