In an effort to reposition the FCT educational sector in the Federal Capital Territory, the Education Secretariat Management Committee, has recommended an early budgeting cycle; with full involvement of the Department of Policy Planning, Research and Statistics.
The FCT Educational Secretariat also affirmed that the administration; will in 2019 adopt new measures to make the education sector more effective.
To demonstrate the new steps, the education secretariat at its just concluded two days retreat of education secretariat management committee, recommended for a condition survey of its facilities with a view to developing a Needs Assessment that will drive its budget projections.
The committee also tasked FCT educational plans, Department of Policy, Planning Research and Statistics on the production cost of training a child; in the Federal Capital Territory.
In a communique issued and signed by the Assistant Director in charge of Information at the secretariat, Mr. Tony Ogunleye said; the Department of Quality Assurance has been directed to enforce the Guidelines on the Establishment and Operations of Educational Institutions in the territory.
According to the communique, “no school should start operating before registration with the Department, adding; that Boards and Departments in the FCT Educational Secretariat should work harder; at integrating and collaboration in the discharge of their mandates”.
” The Education Secretariat has recommended; for a bi-annual retreat in its calendar of activities, with an intensified efforts on orientation of newly employed teachers”, it stated.
The committee suggested that there should be an early budgeting cycle with full involvement of the Department of Policy Planning Research and Statistics, planning officers from boards and departments as well as school heads in the budgeting process should be intensified;
Another recommendation reached at the meeting called for a quarterly report of their progress and challenges to management.
Boards and Departments in charge of students’ admission are advised to devise means of ensuring that only children within the approved age specificationsare admitted into FCT schools” the communique stressed.
The retreat which was; held under the leadership of the secretary, Dr Bala Liman pledged the secretariat commitment to completing all on-going projects at the permanent site of FCT College of Education Zuba to facilitate movement to the site.
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