Stakeholders in the education sector who were drawn from West African countries gathered in Topo-Badagry, Lagos recently to deliberate to deliberate on how to move education forward for sustainable development in line with global trends.
Report findings by schoolworld, reveals that the gathering was a two-day workshop organised by the administrative staff college of Nigeria in collaboration with Cvaesity Heritage Consults as part of their contribution to the development of the sector in the region.
The workshop was designed for officers in the Federal and State Ministries of Education, Women Affairs, Youth Development, University Faculties of Education, Colleges of Education, Polytechnics, as well as agencies charged with the responsibility of managing schools in West Africa.
Mrs. C.U. Gayya, Director General of the college, stated that Africa must wake up from her slumber and do the needful about her educational system to make the region globally competitive and relevant.
Gayya warned that if the present trend continues, Africa woulf no doubt in the next decade be worse off than it is presently.
The Registrar of Management Development Institute in Gambia, Salifu Jobe, advised those that were gathered at the workshop to identify strategic options that can be used to strengthen national capacities to improve policy formulations, implementation and assessment in the education sector.
Also, a Deputy Director at the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Mr. Emmanuel A. Wambia, stated that something urgent should be done to save the region from being at the back seat in the scheme of things in education when bench-marked with the rest of the world.
On poor funding of the education sector by African leaders, the group stressed that only Nigeria, in the whole of West Africa, has so far budgeted over 6.5 per cent in education as at 2018.