Kogi Government said it would focus more on Primary and Secondary Education in order to build a solid foundation for the economic development of the State.
The State Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology Hon. Wemi Jones stated this while on inspection visit to Government Science School, Lokoja.
He said that Primary and Secondary Education being the cradles of education, more attention would be given to the two levels to ensure that the higher institutions in the State were populated by students from the State.
According to him, ” Government will pay much more attention to issues of Primary and Secondary Education as a lot of work need to be done in those two levels of Education.”
He noted that though the Government of Alhaji Usman Ododo, the Executive Governor of Kogi State is the continuation of the immediate past administration in which education was the first on the five thematic areas of focus, things would be done differently, noting that a lot of attention would be paid on Inspection, Examination, Supervision and Evaluation.
The Ministry would on daily basis be monitoring and inspecting schools to make sure that Teachers lived up to their duties, stating that Government would not hesitate to relieve anyone of his or her job if he or she was found sabotaging the government efforts in making sure that children have access to quality Education.
Government he said has invested much in education and would not toy with the future of the children by allowing things to continue the way it has been, urging them to exhibit high moral discipline and responsibility in the discharged of their duties.
The Commissioner noted that Schools that have teachers excess to requirements would have those teachers redeployed to other schools where their services were needed.
He encouraged Teachers and Principals to get copies of the State Education Law in order not to be caught on the wrong side of the law, saying that aiding and abetting Examination Malpractices is an offense under the law and whoever is caught would be sanctioned in accordance with the law.
The State Government would according to him continue with the developmental strides recorded in Education under the immediate past administration.
In his remarks, the Principal of Government Science School Lokoja, Mr. Ojapa Stephen Ajayi commended the Government for the bold steps it has taken to revive education in the State, saying that the establishment of two State Universities with in Eight years would be a fit that would be unrivaled many years to come.
He appreciated the Ministry for embarking on the inspection which he said would go along way in helping Principals to do their work effectively.
The Commissioner was accompanied by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry Alh. Yakubu Dele Musa, Director Basic and Secondary Education Mr. Mathew Salami and some staff of the Ministry.