NSSEC seeks World Bank intervention in teachers’ skills enhancement

By Rosemary Ogbonnaya

Executive Secretary National Senior Secondary Education Commission, NSSEC, Dr. Benjamin Abakpa is seeking collaboration with World bank in the area of skills enhancement for Senior Secondary School Teachers in their various trade subjects.

The Executive Secretary who stated this recently in his office when Adolescent Girls Initiative for Learning and Empowerment, AGILE, paid a working visit on him, revealed that the senior secondary school has a total of 35 trade subjects captured in the curriculum and some of the trade subjects have no instructor and some instructors are yet to be well trained in their various fields.

Abakpa reiterated that, the mandate of NSSEC is to reposition Senior Secondary Education that will meet societal and global needs, and in achieving this mandate, the retraining of Senior Secondary School teachers in their various trade subjects is paramount.

He added that, no nation can attain greatness without embracing Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics,STEM, and Technical, Vocational Education and Training,TVET, adding that the Commission is working with the relevant agencies towards early teaching and training of students on the trade subjects in all Senior Secondary Schools.

Speaking further, the NSSEC boss called on AGILE’S attention to some specific areas of interest, such as extending their work beyond the seven States, renovation of dilapidated buildings in senior secondary schools, refurbishing of laboratories, and extending their services to accommodate a boy child education.

Responding to this, the leader of the delegation, Aisha Garba stated that, AGILE is a World Bank project with a particular focus on improving secondary education opportunities for adolescent girls aged between 10-20 with duration of five years to accomplish its mandate.
She,however, said that as a gender based Project, it will also be considering the adolescent boys.

Aisha further revealed that, World Bank has other projects that are ongoing in some other States which focused on renovations of school buildings and monitoring of learning achievement in schools.

She therefore reiterated that World Bank cannot work on all the projects in Education sector, but can only compliment the effort of the government in rendering quality education to its citizens.