Varsity Don Canvasses Community Administration Of Schools

Kaduna State Governor, Nasir el-Rufai
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From Julius B. Kezi, Kafanchan
A lecturer at the Kaduna State University (KASU), Dr. Tella Yohanna, has called on all tiers of government to decentralize the administration of education to community level for the promotion of ownership, leadership skills, patriotism, and development of the sector and the society in general.
The university lecturer, who was guest Speaker, gave the advice in a paper titled “The Impact of Decentralization of Education”, presented over the weekend in Kagoro, during the annual National Convention and Golden Jubilee of graduates of 1965, of Kagoro Teachers’ College Old Students Association KATCOSA.
Dr Yohanna, an old student of the College, opined that decentralization of education administration, will shift power of decision making to the community, promote ownership, adequate financing, accountability thereby preventing wastage, leakages, corruption, thus enhancing effective and efficient service delivery.
The Guest Speaker said key stakeholders with proven integrity will be appointed as school Management Committees for each school, who would, after being trained, be saddled with education planning, budgeting, implementation, supervision and evaluation for the achievement of set goals and objectives. However, he cautioned that decentralization, when poorly managed, could be dangerous to the system, stressing that the key to success could be found in commitment, love and fear of God, justice, transparency, accountability, prayers, unity and peace.
In their contributions as Old Students, a Police Commissioner in Abuja, Mohammed Kabir Malumfashi, Mr. Sabestine Barde from the Central Bank, Hon Mikiah Tokwak Local Government Service Commission Kaduna, Prof. S.D Daramola from the University of Jos, Chief Hassan Agyah, former Registrar Kaduna College of Education Gidan Waya, Mr. Makama Bakam Allah Magani and Ishaya Mutuah, KATCOSA vice President from Technology Kaduna, agreed with the submission of the Guest Speaker.
They reasoned that the quality of teachers plays a vital role in the positive transformation of the education sector and all other sectors of human endeavours, hence the need to re-introduce Grade Two teachers education that would lay solid foundation of producing qualitative teachers.
Some of them also advocated special budgeting and allocation of funds for primary education, the establishment of Education Commission at all tiers that will administer funds at the community level.

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