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Public, private sector synergy effective tool for basic education transformation


Renowned Professor of Public Administration and independent scholar, Ladipo Adamolekun, has stated that public-private-partnership (PPP) would turn around the fortune of primary and secondary education in the country.
Adamolekun in his keynote address at the Supreme Education Foundation’s 25th anniversary symposium titled “Selected Issues in Primary and Secondary Education,” noted that statistics on ground are clear indication that government alone cannot deliver on its mandate of quality primary and secondary education for its citizens.
He stated that sub-national governments should have full responsibility for achieving quality basic education, pointing out that the federal government’s role in primary education should remain limited to prescribing minimum standards.

Adamolekun disclosed that the private sector is a very important provider of primary and secondary education on a ratio 50:50 share in primary and 35:65 in respect of secondary education, thus the need for strong synergy in repositioning basic education in the country.
However, in adopting the PPP policy thrust to rescue the primary and secondary education from the current challenges, Adamolekun identified critical issues that should be addressed in order for the PPP policy to achieve the desired goal in basic education.

Identifying policy and regulatory framework and importance of data, he observed that the quality and usefulness of the PPP policies for the primary and secondary education sub sectors would be hugely enhanced if each state has robust education statistics, which is weak at the moment based on the authority of two documents (2006 & 2010), produced at the national level.

He listed other critical factors necessary for quality education to include qualitative teachers and a conducive learning and teaching environment.Former chairman of Access Bank, Mr Gbenga Oyebode, in his remark bemoaned the leadership gap in the country warning that unless this is properly addressed, projections cannot be met, since nothing is achievable without proper leadership.

Noting that Nigeria is receding in terms of economic growth while population is growing at three per cent yearly, he projected that 20 million students would be out of school by the year 2023 as education inequality is more than economic inequality.

As a way out of the problems, Oyebode harped on the training of teachers, opening of more schools, provision of quality education as well as expansion of access to education.
Also, Chairperson, Association of Professional Educators in Nigeria (APEN), Dr Olufemi Ogunsanya, who premised the success of students on the quality of teachers said there is need for tutors across the country to develop the minds of students and make them active learners.She said when students are immersed in practical learning experiences; it would enhance deeper learning in them.

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