Bayelsa will improve the education sector with the results of the summit

The Bayelsa State Government has expressed its commitment to implementing the outcomes of the first education summit held recently in the state to achieve a viable education plan and policy in 15 years for the state.

Education Commissioner Gentle Emelah told Yenagoa on Monday that the implementation will involve partnerships and collaborations to achieve the summit’s goals to address short, medium and long-term education challenges.

He was flanked by the ministry’s permanent secretary, Christopher Ehwrudjakpo; Education Summit Committee Co-Chair Alice Atuwo; secretary, Stella Ugolo and the commissioner’s technical adviser, Warmate Idikio.

Emelah said the summit, which was themed “Optimizing delivery, performance and sustainability of results in the education sector”, was a success.

He said, “The summit generally agreed that Bayelsa State has taken a very bold and just step to address its educational challenges to improve the delivery of education.

“It was stated that the outcomes of the summit should be adapted, conscientiously followed up and implemented to achieve the overall goals of providing a concise and actionable education plan and policy, including future partnerships and collaborations.”

According to him, the summit reiterated the need for a critical assessment of current educational structures, practices, goals and principles to align them with the government’s new aspirations for educational transformation.

He said the summit affirmed the relevance of the ten themes that were framed to examine the issues, problems, prospects and way forward in the education sector.

Emelah highlighted themes such as access to education; school administration; financing and financing of education; infrastructural situation, requirements and needs; quality assurance and quality control; study programme; creation and management of primary and secondary schools; establishment and management of higher institutions; teaching standards and stipulations; and issues relating to teacher salaries, incentives and motivation.

He further noted that the summit proposed the establishment of a committee of professionals, technocrats and stakeholders to carefully review all presentations, opinions and recommendations, and come up with an actionable report.

The Commissioner commended Governor Douye Diri for his support and commended former President Goodluck Jonathan for his outstanding keynote address, as well as other eminent scholars, partners and stakeholders for their contributions to the success of the summit.

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