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African principals gather in Abuja, harp on quality secondary education

Sep, 2021 | By Kabiru Musa and Sarah Odugbo | ||

African Confederation of Principals (ACP) has called on individual member-governments to accord secondary education the necessary priority. The confederation made the call during the opening ceremony of the 11th edition of its conference with the theme 'Achieving Sustainable Quality Secondary Education in Africa'.

Speaking on the occasion, National President of Association of Nigeria Confederation of Principals of Secondary Schools (ANCOPSS), Mr. Anselm lzuagie, said the conference aimed at building educational bridges in Africa through promoting and enhancing the image and professionalism of principals for improved school leadership.

Other objectives, he said, include promoting effective intercontinental communication and fostering exchange of ideas, educational best practices and professional expertise, fostering curricular which encourage intercontinental awareness, respect for human rights and dignity to meet global trends as well as promoting exchange of professional staff, learners and publications, among others.

Izuagie contended that if literacy must be sustained in Africa for technological and structural advancement, secondary education must not be underestimated and ignored as it is important for assessment. He noted that the position of Africa as a Third World continent and a growing economy is key to Africa's weak background to establish basic structures, given the myriad of challenges such as poor funding, poor learning and other social divides.

He acknowledged the efforts of the Federal Government to revamp secondary education through the establishment of a senior secondary school commission to cater for upper strata of secondary education. Nonetheless, he said, there is need to harness the African experience to boost knowledge and technological development and eliminate brain- drain, stressing on the need to arrive at sustainable quality educational principles for Africa secondary education.

In his remarks, President of ACP, Mr Alfred Indimuli, said the importance of education cannot be over-emphasized, noting that Nigeria's membership is a valuable asset to the confederation just as he commended her role in sharing experiences and management of the education sector. Also speaking, Senator Ibrahim Shekarau, who said the nation's development is measured by its education development, stressed that no nation can grow without a quality teaching and learning system in place.

He therefore called on government to increase funding for education in order for the sector to meet up with the technological advancement in the use of various multimedia applications for communication and networking and so make learning more productive beyond the classroom.

In his submission, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello, who was represented by Director, Office of the Permanent Secretary, Mr. Udo Attang assured that FCT Administration will continue to provide a conducive learning environment through adequate provision of facilities, structures, teaching and learning aids and other requirements to guarantee quality education for both teachers and students in the Territory.

Speaking earlier, the first female and former National President of ANCOPSS, Hajia Fati Abdulrahim called on stakeholders in the education sector to ensure nothing is left behind in ensuring secondary education is sustained so that future students will be well equipped.

The well attended event was declared open by Minister of State for Education, Hon. Emeka Nwajuiba, who represented President Muhammadu Buhari. He urged principals to be professional and ensure they are role models for students in their custody while upholding teaching ethics.

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