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Tinubu establishes education data system, approves teachers’ training and support policies

President Bola Ahmed Tinubu in the State House, Abuja, FCT

*President Bola Ahmed Tinubu approves system-wide policies to comprehensively overhaul the Nigerian education sector to improve learning and skill development, increase enrolment, and ensure the academic security of children in the country

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has approved system-wide policies to comprehensively overhaul the education sector to improve learning and skill development, increase enrolment, and ensure the academic security of the nation’s children.

The government said the  approved policies were captured as DOTS, an acronym representing: Data Repository, Out-of-School Children Education, Teacher Training & Development, and Skill Development & Acquisition.

(1) Data Repository

Currently, there is a paucity of coordinated, verifiable, and authentic data on all aspects of the education sector in Nigeria, which is critical for planning.

Consequently, the President has approved the conduct of an extensive census of the following:

(a) All schools in Nigeria from primary to tertiary level, their conditions and live-in facilities, proximity to one another, educational infrastructure, etc.

(b) All teachers in Nigeria, their qualifications, training support received, etc.

(c) All pupils and students in primary, secondary, and tertiary institutions, gender, exam grades, etc.

Chief Ajuri Ngelale, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, in a statement, Thursday, April 18, 2024, said this information would guide Federal and state interventions for teachers’ training and development as well as overall support.

“It will also provide data on gender ratio (boys and girls), their specific learning needs, and who is in school or who has dropped out based on daily monitoring with year-by-year reporting.

“There will be a dedicated portal/dashboard in the Federal Ministry of Education, offices of state governors, and local government chairpersons, which will host and disseminate this information for the federal government, states, and local governments to monitor in real time,” the statement noted.

This new data tracking architecture will enable the government to track the progress of students, thus having a clear data-driven mechanism for interventions, especially concerning out-of-school children, girls, and those with specific learning disabilities, among others.

(2) Out-of-school children’s education and training

The Federal Ministry of Education is already implementing the government’s policy through the activities of four of its agencies. Already, there are about two million beneficiaries. The system-wide policy will further enhance the education and training of the nation’s out-of-school children.

(3) Teachers’ development and support

Under this programme, the Federal Ministry of Education will support and train teachers in digital skills to facilitate the use of technology in classrooms.

This is expected to bring technology and digitisation to teachers and learners at all levels of education.

(4) Skill development and acquisition for all levels

In his determined effort to enhance skill diversity in the education sector in order to effectively equip Nigerian students with the requisite skills, knowledge, and values to become functional and productive members of society, the President has also approved the National Skills Framework.

The framework is designed to provide the appropriate skills for each level of education that will result in the empowering of generations of Nigerians with the required aptitude for the evolving needs of the global economy of the 21st century.

The framework is expected to address skill-gaps, quality of education, and unemployment concerns as students will acquire certain skill sets, in addition to general knowledge, noted the statement.

The Presidential Spokesman stated: “It is expected that once fully implemented, these programmes will succeed in resetting learning and connecting the ‘DOTS’ for significant improvement of the overall education system in Nigeria, in line with the Renewed Hope Agenda of President Bola Tinubu.”

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