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Nigeria still has an obsolete system of education in spite of its abundant blessing in human and natural resources, says, Senator liyel Imoke, the Governor of Cross River State.
Senator Imoke who stated this at the Annual Conference of the Exams and Ethics Marshals International said that the obsolete system of education still operating in the country today require transformation and re-invention.
Represented by the Commissioner for Education in the State, Prof. Offiong. E. Offiong , said for the education sector to attain greater heights, it must evolve strategies, programs and policies that will prepare students for the challenges and demands of the 21st century.
He said, “the obsolete system of education we still practice today require transformation and re-invention and we
must evolve strategies, programs and policies that will prepare our children for the world of tomorrow and not for the world of yesterday.
“We require innovations, creativity and critical thinking to prepare skills for the 21st century demand and challenges.
To reform the education sector, Imoke stressed the need for teachers and students to be trained on the workings of the new education system.
He disclosed that henceforth, promotion of Pupils from Primary 3 -4 will strictly be based on the ability to read and write.
Also speaking, founder of the Exams Ethics Marshal International, Mr. Ike Onyechere attributed the falling standard of education in the country to exam malpractice common amongst students at all levels of education.
He also said the education sector has over the years been poorly funded, this he said, poses a serious challenge to the standard of education.
According to him, “the education sector is facing serious challenges ranging from poor infrastructure, inadequate classrooms, and dearth of teachers which has contributed immensely to the drop in the standard of education in the country”
Speaking in the same vein at the occasion, Chairman of the Governing Board of the Nigeria Television Authority (NTA), Mr. Patrick Ogbu said Nigeria’s education sector is more of ‘quantity than quality’.
He stated that moral values are fast eroding in the society hence the need for value re-orientation to reposition not just the education sector but other sectors of the economy.
Country Directors of the EEMI from Cameroun, Liberia, Tanzania and Nigeria unanimously posited that the integrity of education is being undermined by corruption.
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