Kogi Govt. tasks communities to take responsibility, ownership of schools
Kogi Government has solicited the co-operation of communities, groups and other stakeholders to take collective responsibility and ownership of schools in the state.
The Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Mrs Rosemary Osikoya, made the call at the Expanded Management meeting of stakeholders in education, held at Kogi Stste Polytechnic on Friday in Lokoja.
According to Osikoya, the schools belong to the communities as they remain critical stakeholders to education sector, saying, there has been a whole lot of disconnection between the communities and schools in their respective domain.
“We are all collectively as a people, individuals, groups and as communities responsible for the state or condition of our schools; We must build and maintain the schools
“It is not enough to put blame on the government, we need to examine ourselves because people drive the sector; individual community own up to the ideal of education,” she said.
The commissioner, therefore called on all the industrious sons and daughters of Kogi state to champion skills, build infrastructures and add facilities to schools in their domains.
Osikoya noted that the meeting was to create synergy and cooperation within the sector, and collaborate with both internal and external stakeholders to address the foundational issues affecting the education sector.
She added that the meeting was like a ‘SWOT’ analysis to have a look at the institutional arrangements, collaborations, communication, challenges and trends within the sector.
She said that the state government as part of activities to mark two years of the present administration, would hold ‘Education Summit’ on Jan. 22, which would serve as feedback mechanisms and agenda settings for the sector.
The heads of various institutions, agencies and departments across the state were present at the meeting to deliberate on fundamental issues affecting the education sector.
The stakeholders in their separate comments, reiterated the need to improve on staff welfare, salaries, lack of teachers, training and retraining of teachers, monitoring, non-accreditation, lack of fund, infrastructure, obsolete equipment, among others.
Prof. Mohammed Abdulkadir, the Vice Chancellor of Kogi State University (KSU), Anyigba, said about 21 Programmes were yet to be accredited, adding that 27 students in Health Sciences were sent to other universities due to non-accreditation.
Mrs Gift Omoniwa, the Executive Director, Action Aid/PIBCID, Kogi State, recommended community participation in schools, employment of new qualified teachers, proper monitoring, 26 per cent budget allocation to education sector, among others