Written by Godfrey AKON

FG develops guidelines on quality assurance

As part of efforts to further strengthen quality education delivery in the country, the Federal Government has commenced the process of developing a Guideline on National Education Quality Assurance Policy, NEQAP. 

Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Education, Dr Folasade Yemi-Esan, said the policy implementation guideline was approved by the 60th National Council on Education held in Abeokuta in 2014.

Yemi-Esan stated this at a workshop organised by the Department of Education Quality Assurance Services, of the ministry in collaboration with Education Sector Support Programme in Nigeria, ESSPIN, and the Universal Basic Education Commission, UBEC.

A statement by the Director of Press and Public Relations in the ministry, Mrs. Priscilla Ihuoma, said the permanent secretary, who was represented by the Director of Tertiary Education Department, Mrs. Hindatu Abdullahi, decried the poor educational outcomes in basic schools across the country.

According to her, the present outcome in terms of learner’s performance as evidenced by public examination results below tertiary level, still leaves much to be desired as it does not justify government’ s huge investment in education.

“There is therefore no better time than now, for all stakeholders to come together for the production of implementation guidelines on the National Education Quality Assurance policy, NEQAP,” she noted.

Yemi-Esan expressed confidence that the policy will ensure a unified and informed approach to education quality assurance practices.

She lauded government’s commitment to education delivery as demonstrated in the 2016 budget and the plan to recruit and train about 500,000 teachers for the basic education level as well as the proposed school feeding programme.

The perm sec however acknowledged the challenges being faced by the zonal and State offices of education quality assurance services and pledged to address them in due course.

Earlier, the director of education quality assurance services, Mrs Fatima Ahmed, said the workshop was a follow-up to the adoption of quality assurance approach to inspections in 2007 and subsequent production of the quality assurance policy.

Ahmed said the implementation guideline being developed would provide clear direction for inspectors to operate the policy.

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