Friday, 15 April 2016

Survey reveals rapid development in Nigeria schools.

The education survey carried out by the National Population Commission NPC has revealed a rapid development of schools across the states of the nation.
This  latest development was made known to the public by the chairman of NPC, Chief Eze Duruiheoma, SAN, during the occasion of the Zonal dissemination of the 2015 Nigeria Education Data Survey NEDS, at King David's Hotel, Awka.
The survey according to Chief Eze is meant to "provide policy makers with accurate and timely data to formulate courses of action, designed to increase enrolment, attendance and learning.
In his words, "With this more reliable database,  we shall achieve Nigeria's Universal Basic Education Commission, UBEC's "Education for All" goals for the children of school age and as well provide a substantial amount of household - based education data needed in Nigeria."
He added that the outcome of the survey will inform programs that will improve level of students enrolment and attendance and as well facilitate equitable access to quality schooling for all children in Nigeria. 

The Honorable Federal Commissioner representing Anambra state National Population Commission, Prof Chika Moore opined that the education survey was apt and timely since "education has a pivotal role to play in the development of any country and it is equally the best legacy a country can give to her citizens."

He further explained the survey to be in  advancement of the commission's mandate of providing relevant, accurate and dependable demographic data for planning.
The Executive Chairman of Anambra SUBEB, Nzemeka E. Olisah PEN, while commending the Anambra state governor Chief Willie Obiano for making security of life and property in the state a top priority, said the state is doing her best to achieve the aims of NEDS.
The chairman who spoke through his Personal Assistant, Sir James Ezeonu pointed out that the state had done excellently well in the WASSCE/NECO examination across the country.
He explained the achievement obtained in the state education system to be because of the policies enacted by the government which primarily focuses on the welfare of the school teachers in both rural and urban areas. 

Evincing her satisfaction with the survey as presented by NPC, and equally noting its importance and relevance in the eduction system of the nation, Dr Mrs Elizabeth Ejiogu the Executive Chairman of Imo SUBEB said, "The workshop is a very impactful one, when you have a research conducted by a body like NPC in collaboration with Federal Ministry of Eduction and The United State Agency for International Development USAID, you don't expect anything other than qualitative research" 

Mrs Ejiogu disclosed that prior to the NPC survey, the government of Imo state led by Governor Rochas Okorocha, which runs a free education scheme, has invested enormous resources in the state education sector thereby making the state one of the best states in the country with excellent education policies.
One of the participant, Mr Nnamdi Kingsley, expressed satisfaction with the outcome of the survey but urged the policy makers to ensure the new data base be religiously employed in their activities so as to justify the enormous resources invested in planning and executing of the survey. 
By Chigozie Umeh

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