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Reps to Education ministry, audit schools in FCT

The House of Representatives on Thursday unanimously ordered the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Federal Capital Territory (FCT) to urgently carry out audit on secondary and primary schools in the FCT so as to identify those that lacks basic facilities and conducive environment for learning.

The resolution followed a motion by Blessing Nsiegbe (PDP, Rivers).

The House noted that the surge in population in FCT has necessitated the need to reassess capacity to meet the educational needs of the residents.

Leading the debate, Nsiegbe pointed to the trajectory of population in the FCT giving statistics that shows upward rise in inhabitants due to the return of democracy in 1999.

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“Recall the trajectory of education in FCT from 1976 when there were only 55 primary schools in the capital territory up to the relocation of capital from Lagos in 1991 and the advent of the current democratic dispensation in 1999.

“The relocation of capital into Abuja and the return of democracy heralded an influx of people into the territory, especially civil servants and politicians, a development that overstretched the educational infrastructure in the territory.

“With the above development resulting in development that led to shortage of teachers and facilities such as class rooms and materials to cater for the over 160 junior secondary schools of over 116,585 students and 559 primary schools with over 214,929 enrollment.

In her contribution, Aishatu Dukku (APC, Gombe) stressed the importance of quality education as a tool for economic development and deplored a situation where teachers have become distracted and uncommitted to duties.

She said: “Teachers are using teaching as stepping stone, stop employing people that have no interest in teaching; some are employed as teachers without any instructional training whatsoever

“Our graduates are unemployable, because we lack the conducive environment for them to flourish, this audit should extend to all states not just FCT.”

Hon. Dukku also accused state government of paying lip service to education.

 

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