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Education stakeholders have said there is the need for the Federal Ministry of Education, FME, in collaboration with the States Ministries of Education, SMoEs, Heads of Tertiary Institutions and Staff/Students Unions and other relevant stakeholders should organise Zonal and National advocacy programmes to improve student enrolment, retention and completion of academic programmes in tertiary institutions on time.

The stakeholders gave the advice at 65th National Council on Education, which took place in Jalingo, Taraba State recently.

At the conclusion of the 5-day Council, with the theme: ‘Eradicating Out-of-School Children Phenomenon:  A Tool for the Achievement of Education 2030 Agenda’, the participants also agreed that the Federal Ministry of Education, National Universities Commission, NUC, National Board for Technical Education, NBTE, National Commission for Colleges of Education in collaboration with the SMoEs and other relevant stakeholders should monitor Open and Distance Learning, ODL.

They suggested that the FME in collaboration with NUC, NBTE, NCCE should conduct Zonal/National Advocacy on improving ODL delivery, develop Action Plan/Blueprint and a Stand-alone National Policy for the implementation of ODL in Nigeria.

Among their resolution at the council  meeting include:  For the FME in collaboration with SMoEs, Heads of Tertiary Institutions, Employers of labour and other relevant stakeholders to strengthen Education Management Information System, EMIS, for effective data collection and management to develop a database on the employability of the tertiary education graduates in Nigeria for effective National planning; for the FME in collaboration with NUC, NBTE, NCCE to conduct skills gap assessment of tertiary education graduates in Nigeria; the FME in collaboration with NUC, NBTE, NCCE should adopt an implementable blueprint for employability of tertiary education graduates in the labour market.


Others include: the FME in collaboration with NUC, NBTE, NCCE should develop a stand-alone National Policy on Skills Development for employability of Tertiary Education graduates in Nigeria;  the FME in collaboration with NBTE should develop a framework/action plan for repositioning Innovation Enterprise Institutions, (IEIs)through Public-Private partnership; and the FME in collaboration with NBTE should forward a memorandum to Federal Executive Council (FEC) for executive pronouncement on the establishment of Innovation Enterprise Institutions (IEIs).

The Council also agreed that “Strengthening of Security and Safety in Nigerian Schools for the achievement of Education 2030 Agenda” would be the theme for the next cycle of Joint Consultative Committee on Education, JCCE, meetings and the 66th National Council on Education, (NCE) meeting.


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