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FG seeks collaboration with states to reposition senior secondary education

By Rauf Oyewole, Bauchi
04 November 2021   |   2:40 am
The National Senior Secondary Education Commission (NSSEC) is seeking partnership with critical stakeholders, state governments and traditional institutions to reposition senior schools in Nigeria.

The National Senior Secondary Education Commission (NSSEC) is seeking partnership with critical stakeholders, state governments and traditional institutions to reposition senior schools in Nigeria.

The commission, while addressing stakeholders from Northeast said only senior secondary school is left without a regulatory commission. 

Executive Secretary of the Commission, Dr. Benjamin Abakpa, said the commission has been inactive since its enactment, despite the fact that secondary education is pivotal to academic excellence and manpower, which form the bedrock of national development.

“As you are all aware, basic education, comprising primary and junior secondary education has Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) as its regulatory and intervention body, while the National Commission for Colleges of Education (NCCE), National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) and National Universities Commission (NUC) regulate colleges of education, polytechnics and universities respectively.

“In the same vein, the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) serves as an intervention agency for higher institutions in Nigeria. From this analogy, only Senior Secondary Education has no functional regulatory and intervention agency, Abakpa said.

He added: “Consequently, Adamu obtained the approval of President Muhammadu Buhari, to establish NSSEC.

“I have no doubt in my mind that the collaboration and synergy between the NSSEC and State Senior Secondary Education Boards would improve the quality of senior secondary schools, especially in the areas of science, technical, vocational and entrepreneurial education.”

Bauchi State Commissioner for Education, Dr. Aliyu Tilde, said NSSEC will be the ‘UBEC’ of senior secondary schools.