WHY OBASEKI MEET PRIVATE SCHOOL OWNERS IN EDO STATE.
Edo Governor Godwin Obaseki yesterday met with private school owners in the state, seeking support from all stakeholders to sustain the gains made by ongoing reforms in the education sector.
The governor, during a dialogue session with private school owners in Benin City, said his government has invested heavily in this area to prepare the next generation of Edo citizens to be able to compete. global competition. “The Bendel and Midwest regions have become the mecca of education in Nigeria as much of it is provided by the private sector but the government is very strict in regulating the provision of education.
“The government has taken control of schools and presented itself as an education provider, regulator and standard-setter in the marketplace. We need to regulate our schools and set standards. Our goal is for the private sector to provide better and higher education to attract more people to private schools.
“We are now in a knowledge-based world, because the people who will rule the future will be the knowledgeable and the educated, not the natural resources. This is the future of the industrial revolution.
“We need to prepare the next generation to be globally competitive and as such we will not compromise but provide everyone with the highest quality of education. My administration is working to change the trajectory of education in Edo State,” said the governor.
He added, “The Nigerian Constitution stipulates that basic education is free and compulsory, but how many private school owners are willing to provide free education at basic level. We need dialogue to ensure that students get the best education and work to ensure that we give them the same knowledge across the country because this will lead the country to their children. great road. We will start this in Edo State.
“We need to cooperate and set the necessary standards. The dropout rate of students from primary to JSS 3 is 50%, what will happen to the remaining 50%? We have to work to collect the kids and bring them back to school.
Meanwhile, Education Commissioner, Dr. Joan Oviawe, while welcoming private school owners, said the participants analyzed the private education reform program and reform framework of EdoBest 2.0 Education in the state. state. She said that from September 2022, Edo State College of education will start operating to train more teachers in the state.