By Musa Solomon.
Kogi state government said it would set up a taskforce that would go round the state to inspect, monitor and evaluate the progress of work in basic and secondary schools.
The State Commissioner for Education Science and Technology Hon. Wemi Jones made this known when he paid an unscheduled visit to some schools in Dekina Local Government Area of the state.
The schools visited include, Our Lady of Schools, Anyigba; Government Science School, Egume; Ajiolo Community Secondary School, Ajiolo Ojiaji; Government Secondary School Odu and Government Science Secondary School, Odu Okpeiyigede.
Hon. Jones who noted that the state government have been focusing on tertiary institutions said that now attention would be given to primary and secondary schools, adding that the taskforce that would be going the schools would include people at the local government levels.
He stated that monitoring, evaluation and assessment of schools was the next phase of schools administration in the state.
According to him, “the state has realized that most of the concentration have been on tertiary institutions. The State has three universities and other higher institutions and these institutions must be fed with students from the basic and secondary education and so the attention of the state government would be focused on Primary and Secondary level of Education going forward.”
“To be able to do this, effort would be made to physically assess the State of basic and secondary Schools across the State.”
He said that government has invested so much in education and would not allowed anyone no matter how highly placed to mess up with the system, noting that messing up with the system was like messing up with the future of the state.
The Commissioner who was impressed by the commitment of the Principal and Staff of Our Lady of Schools, Anyigba, urged them to be disciplined and dedicated to their jobs.
In his address, the principal of Our Lady of schools, Anyigba thanked the Commissioner for his commitment to quality education in the state and promised that everything would be done to compliment the efforts of the state government in making sure that children have access to quality education.