The Kogi State government has declared ‘State of Emergency’ in the education sector in order to regain her lost glory among the comity of States.
The State Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Mr. Wemi Jones, disclosed this on Friday at a meeting with critical education stakeholders in the Kogi Central Senatorial District.
He expressed optimism that the move by Gov. Yahaya Bello, had brought innovations and remodelling of secondary schools in the state, with a view to making the state regain its lost glory in Education.
According to him, the declaration of emergency on the education system by Gov Yahaya Bello has brought in new innovations and remodelling of secondary schools in the state.
He noted that with the state having two Universities, there was a dire need to adequately prepare students in secondary schools to fit into the vision of the governor for quality assurance and become self reliant.
Jones described education as the only guarantee for the future, noting that the emergency system had also manifested in several ongoing renovation and rehabilitation projects in the Central Senatorial District and helped to reposition the education system in the state.
He further stressed the need for the state to move in the direction of science, technology, English and Mathematics, for it not to “be left behind in the new wave of educational development, hence the declaration of a State of Emergency on the sector”.
While commending the commitment of the Gov. Bello led administration to education, the commissioner described it as unprecedented, adding that the state government was conscious of the shortfall of teachers in secondary schools and making efforts to fill the vacancies occasioned by retirements, transfers and the civil service reforms.
He therefore solicited the support of stakeholders to the success of the adoption and mentorship programme, noting that the state government could not do it alone.
Jones however used the forum to call upon teachers and students to maintain discipline, and take learning more seriously.