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Ezekwesili seeks inclusive educational system

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Former Minister of Education, Oby Ezekwesili, has called for an inclusive educational system to bridge the gap between the rich and the poor in the country.

Ezekwesili said that leaving education in the hands of the bureaucrats and politicians would be a fragment that does represent the entire society.

To achieve the desired progress in the nation’s educational system, she noted that it must be inclusive and purposeful with target to meeting specific societal needs.

The former education minister stated this yesterday at the 2019 edition of the yearly NEDIS Education Innovation Summit, organised and hosted by The Education Partnership (TEP) Centre.

Noting that the traditional system of formalistic interactions between students and teachers is changing, she said attention had now shifted to what the learner must know for individual growth and economic development.

Ezekwesili, who stressed that Nigerians must upgrade what they think about education to something of quality and relevance to address present and future needs, said: “The present structure and system must undergo a complete overhaul. What we have today is not in sync with what the children of this generation require to be part of a competitive world.

“If you want to achieve optimal progression, you cannot afford to leave anyone behind. Giving the girl-child access to education is equality of opportunity and that serves the gender inclusion objective.”

Meanwhile, Managing Director, TEP Centre, Dr. Modupe Adefeso-Olateju, who stated that the education sector is in crisis and this calls for an urgent response to stop the downward trend, called for a significant increase in education budgeting and accountability, which will help us identify pathways by which we can strengthen the system.


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