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Group blames government, political leaders for decay in education sector

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Association of Community Based School Owners of Nigeria (ACOBSON) has accused government and political leaders of excluding stakeholders in making educational policies, saying this is responsible for the stagnation in the sector.

The group’s coordinator in Anambra state, Chukwuani Ogochukwu, who spoke at the inauguration of the state chapter and executive expressed concern that private schools in the state are deprived of making decisions relating to educational matters.

Ogochukwu said they have put in place measures for a better and level-playing ground for teaching and learning adding that they will aggressively train and retrain teachers in line with 21st century standards.

She appealed to the state government to save private schools from high taxes and incessant harassment by ‘faceless’ agents who often invaded schools to demand levies.

“We are ready to partner with the Federal, state, and local governments to sustain educational policies and programmes. We are ready to work to salvage the educational system and reposition the sector, especially in Anambra state.  Our target is to mobilise over 1000 school owners, 5000 teachers, and 10,000 parents to achieve results and move education to the next level.

The National Chairman of the association, Mr Tony Ebiziem while lamenting the woes in the sector accused successive governments of not giving priority attention to education.

He said: “There is no adequate planning, infrastructures are lacking in schools and colleges, teachers are owed several months salaries in many states. There is no state where private school proprietors are not having issues with the government over high taxes. Education is a seed our children will reap tomorrow.”

Ebiziem enjoined school owners, teachers, and parents to join in nurturing the seed aimed at helping to tackle the challenges in the sector.


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