The Board of the National Senior Secondary Education Commission (NSSEC), has pledged that the board is committed to prescribing minimum standards as well as intervene in critical areas of needs of the senior secondary schools across the federation.
NSSEC Board Chairman, Ambassador Nimota Akanbi, made the pledge in Abuja at the end of a two-day retreat for members of the governing board of the commission.
Akanbi added that, they are also committed to promoting institutional partnerships and collaborations on funding for the secondary schools in the country.
According to her, the funding is expected to be with the state governments, private sector, international development partners and donor organisations to improve funding of senior secondary schools in the country.
She also promised the board would develop a robust Management Information System (MIS) that will capture all relevant data relating to senior secondary schools.
” We are committed to adopting the Public Private Partnership model in solving some of the existing challenges within senior secondary education sub-sector , she reinstated.
According to her, the board is also committed to deliberately promote STEAM and TVET across all Senior secondary schools in Nigeria.
She said the board had developed a national policy to bring the country’s senior secondary education at par with their foreign counterparts.
Meanwhile, the Executive Secretary of the commission, Prof. Benjamin Abakpa, said it had embarked on measures to ensure state governments produce quality teachers in their senior secondary schools.
Abakpa expressed worries over teacher/students ratio in public schools, saying that the commission was receiving collaboration with state governments to solve the problems.
He stated that teachers are the foundation for success and the quality of learning depends on the quality of teachers stressing that what the board has done is to refresh and train the teachers in the various states adding that it is starting with the master trainer and with time it will transcend the lower level.
The Executive Secretary disclosed that the commission is set to intervene in critical areas in the state and ones the board has the resources, the deficit will be taken care of and it can have quality teachers.
The body also expressed their readiness to monitor the age bracket of students entry into senior secondary schools and also to make them independent and self reliant for white collar jobs after graduation from Senior Secondary Schools