BY CHRIS EKEKE
Ondo State based National Institute for Education Planning and Administration (NIEPA) has declared its intention to collaborate with
the Edo State government to equip educators, education planners and administrators in the state with relevant skills to enable them raise education standard in the country.
The Head of the Institute, Prof Lilian Salami, disclosed this at the Edo Government House in Benin City after presenting a proposal to
partner with the state government on the training of its education practitioners to Governor Godwin Obaseki
She expressed the belief that when educationists and administrators were equipped with the requisite skills and knowledge, they could
translate such skills and knowledge to students.
Giving a brief about the institute, she said, “NIEPA was established in 1992 by the federal government in collaboration with UNESCO to revive the standard of education in the country. Our mandates include training of education managers, planners and administrators, performing evidence based researches to help inform policies formation and dissemination of such information to educationists,” she explained.
Meanwhile, Governor Godwin Obaseki acknowledged the need to train education practitioners, noting that “you cannot give what you do not have”.
He said that his administration had commenced reforming the state’s education system and disclosed that he was ready to collaborate with the institute in the provision of leadership and managerial skills for education practitioners.
He said: “We don’t have the capacity and resources to tackle all the challenges, but we want to prioritise primary education, because the key problem is at the basic level. We have started by restructuring our State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), we are sourcing the data and people to manage our education system at this level and we will need your help as we take our action steps,” he said.