Stakeholders Urge Govts to Sanitise Education Ministries

The Total School Support Seminar and Exhibition has called for the restructuring and revamping of the education ministries across the country.

Chief Executive Officer, Edumark Consult Limited and convener of TOSSE, Mrs Yinka Ogunde, said this on Thursday at the 15th edition of TOSSE held at the 10 Degree Event Centre, Oregun, Lagos.

She explained that if a deliberate effort was not made to re-orientate and sanitise the education civil service, no tangible result would be recorded in the sector.

Ogunde added that leaders in the sector must have sincerity of purpose and must be genuine to the call of developing the education sector.

“We need people with sincerity of purpose, people must see that you are sincere, real, and genuine, you can’t fake it in education. Civil service in the education sector should be restructured, or else we keep getting the same result, it is not a transactional sector, it is not a place where we should allow politics to drive things.

“The education sector holds the key it also calls for somebody who know about the sector he or she can’t run it same. We need people who will be prepared to do things differently the problem of education is numerous. Government must have programmes and projects to transform them, what are they doing to transform the minds of teachers?”

As schools resume a new session, she advised school owners to develop emotional intelligence so as to be able to make the right decisions in the face of the harsh economic situation in the country.

“As for school owners, it is not going to be business as usual because the world is changing, at a very rapid rate which will leave students, parents, school owners, and teachers overwhelmed.

“School owners have to develop themselves, emotionally because I have seen a lot of them who don’t have the capacity to deal with their emotions. This will make them to make wrong decisions.”

One of the facilitators, a management consultant, Mr Suleiman Shaibu, “Government should spend more on technology, refresh the curriculum, as they are outdated. Government should invest in public schools, both within and outside the country we should spend more on AI.”

The 2023 TOSSE on Thursday had over 22 seminars and 99 exhibitors who brought different educational items and ideas to showcase and teach educators.