The Zonal Education Officer, Gwagwalada zone, Mrs Nwokocha Onyetugo has said schools in the FCT run a ‘qualitative education system.’
She said this at the Ane Osiobe International Foundation outreach to Pilot Science Primary School (PSPS) Gwagwalada, Abuja where over 1000 books were donated to primary five pupils.
“As far as the FCT schools are concerned, we ensure quality, we have that quality and we give qualitative education.” She said.
She explained that through regular inspections, usage of approved curricula text books and qualified teachers, quality education in the FCT is progressively being achieved.
While disagreeing with the common believe that the standard of education in Nigeria is deteriorating, Onyetugo said the evolving education curriculum is adding to the quality of education in Nigeria.
“Nowadays there are new things in the curriculum that were not there before, all these innovations have added to the knowledge of these children. Also, the former curriculum were smaller but now the curriculum is larger”
“For example, before, we use one week for cleaning compound and revision. We mark our dairy as ‘cleaning compound and revision’ but it is not like that today. Lessons now start on first days and with the way the curriculum is planned for the period of 13weeks, each term last for 14weeks, 12 weeks serious studies and two weeks for exam.” Onyetugo explained.
She further lamented the vandalisation of school properties, while calling on the Federal Government to provide security for schools especially in remote areas.
On his part, the President of Ane Osiobe International Foundation, Dr Stephen Osiobe said the books donated are aimed to “motivate and support the students to be the change the country needs.”
He revealed that the foundation is set to run a scholarship programme for students who cannot afford examinations fees into primary and secondary school.
Responding to the outreach, the Principal, PSPS Gwagwalada, Ahmed Shangalo expressed gratitude to the foundation while urging the Federal Government to provide security for lives and properties of schools in Nigeria.
“Security is our main problem, hoodlums broke down our fence, burgle the classroom and steal teaching materials. Sometimes they pass feces in the class room. We have tried to mend the fence, yet they still destroy it.” He said.