The governor of Niger State, Dr Muzu Babangida Aliyu, has said that the entire educational sector needs a total revolution before the desired goals on the sector can be achieved.
Aliyu who declared open the week-long meeting of executive council of the All Nigeria Confederation of Principals of Secondary Schools (ANCOPSS) in Minna yesterday lamented the poor performance of students in public examinations and the deplorable condition of most educational infrastructure in the country.
Aliyu, who painted a sorry state of the system, said it had become so bad that only one Nigerian tertiary institution was placed 44th in the rating of universities in Africa, even as South Africa dominated from the top nine positions.
He said that it was totally unacceptable for the situation to continue and asked that experts as well as stakeholders to collaborate with government in order to arrest the drift in the education sector.
Aliyu stated that one of the ways to solve the problem in the sector was to properly integrate the ‘almajiri’ system into the conventional educational sector, while at the same time placing a nation-wide ban on child begging that has made many young ones lose focus in their future.
“We must produce educated people that will easily fit into the labour market,” he said, and urged the proper treatment of teachers.
“If we fail to do so, we should not be talking about reviving the falling standard of education. If we want development, we should take care of teachers,” he said.
He challenged the principals not to be afraid to discharge their responsibilities as no harm would come to them once they were fair and just.