Newly appointed minister for Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu has assured Nigerians that the federal government will tackle all issues affecting the education sector in the country.
He made this declaration during his first meeting with top officials of the Federal Ministry of Education.
He blamed corruption, funding and access to education for the many challenges the education sector is facing.
He also said the FG will work with State governments to decentralise basic education system to the grassroots level and also to revamp school feeding programme in primary schools.
“The core problems of education in the country vary from one level of education to another, the crisis of underfunding, which gave birth to a whole series of other problems such as poor infrastructure for teaching and learning, poor conditions of service for teachers and the menace of brain drain from our tertiary institutions”
“Also the crises of poor enrolment and access which has left millions of school age children roaming the streets and the crisis of regulation which has turned the entire education system into a jungle where everything goes. The system has been left unregulated, unsupervised and with no recourse to ethics and professionalism,” the minister lamented.
Mallam Adamu also appreciated the efforts of the civil servants, while urging them to embrace change.
“This is a period of change which must not only come from politicians but also the civil service.
“i would like you all to commit yourself to internalise the change mantra ,i must say that i need the help of you all as i have not been fully involved in Civil Service affairs in a long time.”