By Murtala Muhammad
The newly established National Senior Secondary Education Commission, NSSEC, has solicited the support of state governments, traditional institutions and stakeholders in the education sector to sensitise Nigerians on the Commission’s mandate to enable it succeed.
The Executive Secretary of the Commission, Dr. Benjamin Abakpa made the call at an Advocacy and Sensitisation Forum on the Establishment of the NSSEC, organised for Education Stakeholders from the North East Geo-Political Zone, held in Bauchi.
The NSSEC was established in April this year to address the critical needs of Senior Secondary Education in the country and commenced Operation in August under the leadership of its Executive Secretary, Dr. Benjamin Abakpa.
Dr. Abakpa said the aim of establishing the Commission was to provide critical interventions that would strengthen the Secondary School Education system as against what is currently being experienced, to include leaked roofs, non-availability of instructional materials and desks for students and teachers in the classrooms.
Also Speaking, the Commissioner of Education, Bauchi state, Dr Aliyu Usman Tilde, expressed fear that NSSEC would not be a place where only contracts would be the priority, forgetting its primary responsibility.
One of the Resource Persons, Dr. Lami Amodu, blamed the challenges being experienced in the education sector to inadequate regulation.
Some of the participants interviewed, Comrade Dauda Clement and Hassan Bala expressed optimism that the commission would bring about sanity in the Senior Secondary Education system.
The meeting had in attendance, education Stakeholders from six states of the North East Geo-Political zone.
Highlights of the event were drama and cultural dance performed by students of Government Comprehensive Day Secondary School Bauchi.