By: Sarah Odugbo, Joy Adah & Danladi Agada
As part of its efforts towards enhancing community relations with educational institutions in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), the FCT Secondary Education Board (SEB) is to ensure the functionality of the School Based Management Committee (SBMC).
Speaking during a sensitisation workshop in Bwari, SEB Director, Dr. Sani Mohammed Ladan said he has observed with dismay the redundancy of the Commitee hence the urgent need to resuscitate it in every Senior Secondary School across the Territory for profitable educational development.
The Director explained that the SBMC is an essential link between schools and the communities to positively improve relationships and also impact school operations hence the sensitization workshop which was one of the first step towards achieving the Board’s mandate of providing quality education to residents.
According to him, the programme was also aimed at improving learning outcomes through effective and efficient collaborations and partnerships with the host communities where the various schools are located.
The Director noted that quality education services is the responsibility of all and should not be left alone with the government.
He reiterated that everyone in the community has a vital role to play towards ensuring that the school in their community is not lacking behind both in academic performance of students and infrastructure; emphasizing that collaboration with the community should remain productive and continuous in order to foster unity and attract immense support .
Dr. Ladan commended the participants for turning up en-masse and urged them to ensure the total implementation of the programme in their various schools.
He added that the resource persons at the workshop were seasoned education officers from the Department of Policy Planning, Research & Statistics whose expertise on SBMC has helped in so many ways.
Also speaking , the Director, Mobilization and Sensitization Unit, Mrs. Evelyn Ebiai-lsah and Ag. Director, School Services, Hajia Aisha Ladidi said, the programme was to create awareness for effective SBMC in schools.
“This will offer improved management, sense of belonging and effective participation of communities and schools leading to their overall development,” the Speakers stressed.
They added that interest is key in the discharge of SBMC functions and that SBMC will help foster creativity and peaceful co- existence of all stakeholders while boosting the morale of teachers respectively.
In their various submissions, the participants which include vice principals, academics, artisans,
community leaders and parents
commended the Board for the awareness; saying “it was an eye opener to the vital roles SBMC should play in communities assuring that they are well equipped for the task ahead”.