Policy somersault, poor budgetary allocation bane of nation’s education system, Says Educationist

An educationist, Mrs Kemi Oluderu has said that policy inconsistencies and inadequate budgetary allocation to the education sector are some of the factors inhibiting the attainment of national goals in the sector.

Mrs Kemi Oluderu, Nigeria’s 2017 Best Secondary School Administrator, said apart from the challenge of unstable government policies, failure of stakeholders to collaborate with school administrators also posed another threat to raising standards in the industry.

Oluderu, who is the Principal of Magbon Alade Senior Secondary School in Lagos State, said this on the sideline of a reception organized in her honour by the Ijebu Muslim College Old Students Association (IMCOSA) at Ijebu-Ode, Ogun.

“Stakeholders in the education sector in the country should imbibe the culture of team work in tackling the challenges.

“Apart from the challenge of fluctuating government policies, failure of other stakeholders to cooperate with school administrators also pose a challenge in uplifting the standard of education,’’ she told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).

Oluderu is also a proud recipient of several awards including Best Principal, Lagos State Senior Schools (2016), Best Principal, Lagos State Junior Schools (2012), Award of Excellence, Yusrah Muslim Society, Nigeria (2015), Outstanding Leadership Award of IMCOSA Set’75 and Recognition Award of IMCOSA at the national level.

She is an alumna of Ijebu Muslim College.

President Muhammadu Buhari had on the occasion of the 2017 World Teachers’ Day in Abuja rewarded the hard work, high performance and high productivity of three Lagos State School teachers and administrator.

Oluderu suggested an internal mechanism to solve some of the problems, saying her colleagues should adopt the spirit of team work in overcoming the challenges.

The administrator, who said “a tree cannot make a forest’’, however, scored Lagos State high in running an effective school administration and for adequate funding of education.

On the successes attained, she attributed it to several factors including the Lagos State Government’s education policies.

“The state government has been showing appreciation to teachers by organising yearly merit award ceremonies just to encourage the teachers to be more dedicated.

“I can say this is the reason why Lagos State is ahead of other states.”

Oluderu said the award would continue to spur her to be more diligent, dedicated and to continually imbibe team work in her chosen career.

NAN also reports that among members of Set 1975 honoured at the reception for their recent outstanding achievements are Dr Ademola Badru (PhD in Educational Evaluation), Dr Fausat Otukoya (PhD in Ruminant Nutrition), Brig.-Gen. Abiodun Quadri of the Nigerian Army and Mr Omotayo Quadri for winning the 2017 African Ambassador for Goodwill and Leadership. (NAN)