Mr. Saidu Abubakar Ciroma is a deputy director in the Niger State Ministry of Education. Ciroma, who oversees academic and administrative activities of Government Day Secondary School, Gawu-Babangida, Gurara Local Government Area, in a chat with DANIEL TYOKUA, speaks on the need to support government’s efforts in the education sector.
Determined to drum up support for the education sector to regain its lost glory, Ciroma said all stakeholders must key into activities that will help bring about sweeping reforms in the sector.
He acknowledged that government is responsible for making provisions that would aid teaching and learning at different levels of education, but said government should not be allowed to shoulder the responsibilities alone.
Ciroma explained that with his 28 years of experience in the education system, especially in teaching and piloting education activities at various levels, collective participation was the best option for adding value to the system.
“Government alone cannot meet up with all the education needs of children, towns and communities in providing of fund and infrastructure, but through collective participation most of the things needed will be achieved.
“Education is an enterprise where all people should work together, irrespective of position and background we must join hands to inculcate knowledge into children, it will improve the younger ones and set the stage for a better society”
According to him, issues of late coming by students, lukewarm attitude to studies among others will be overcome when leaders at various levels keep up with the counselling of the younger ones in schools.
“In communities, worship centres and social gatherings the message of discipline should be the paramount thing among the leaders so that the school children will learn, than leaving it to only teachers. It is all about sanity in the system”
He said there are individuals who have passed out from primary, secondary and tertiary institutions and are in better positions, but don’t support those places where they came from.
“Education does not only stop at teaching and learning in a four wall of the classroom, it starts from home where a child upbringing must be taken serious.”
Ciroma said when education system of the country is taken as an enterprise people will see reasons in supporting government’s efforts.
“Funding and provision of infrastructures to schools should be the concern of all; parents, corporate organisations, traditional and religious leaders in the society should wake up to the responsibility”.
He said with the advancement in science and technology, several school children are becoming indiscipline and difficult to control, the situation according to him, will be handled better if other stakeholders support in counselling them.
Ciroma, a graduate of History, Bayero University, Kano, insisted that if government alone is allowed to be meeting up with education needs of schools the system may not be sound as it ought to be.
“People should support government, especially host communities and philanthropists, by building and donating block of classrooms, examination halls, laboratories, hostel, water system and even connecting of schools to national grid.
“Alumni and old boys of schools should have a rethink on how best to assist in the provision of infrastructures and funding to schools.”
The Gbagyi born educationist cited an example of Government Day Secondary School, Gawu-Babangida, where he is the principal, saying that despite the little amount of N1,000.00 being charged as PTA levy for a term, most of the students don’t afford it.
He said the levy was initiated as a means of giving facelift to the school, adding that the decision was taken by all concerned stakeholders.
Ciroma identified poverty as a major reason preventing most parents to meet up with the training of their children.
“Most of the parents are not meeting up with the training of their children because of the situation they may have found themselves, so if such people are not supported by some stakeholders there won’t be meaningful achievements in the system.”
The principal and chairman of Gbagyi Development Association (GBODOGUN) listed some of his achievements since he took over the affairs of the school to include restoring of sanity against the previous tradition of indiscipline.