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BACKGROUND INFORMATION OF THE EDUCATION SECRETARIAT


Education Secretariat is one of the seven Mandate Secretariats of FCT Administration created to replace the defunct Education Department of FCDA, which had existed from 1976 -2004. It is to the FCT what a Ministry of Education is to a state, and is headed by The Secretary for Education (a Special Assistant to the Minister of FCT). The Secretariat oversees and monitors activities of the Departments, Boards and Agencies in the FCT Education Sector. It is located at Area 11 Garki Abuja, in the Minister's block.

Education Secretariat like all other mandate secretariats did not just emerge without a background, it is the culmination of education activities that started as early as the creation of the Federal capital territory and even before the territory. At the time of creation of FCT in 1976 there was no single secondary school in the territory, only 55 primary schools were in existence. In addition there were other forms of non formal education, especially the traditional religion that emphasized social responsibility, spiritual and moral values and other ethics of good conduct. The primary schools were set up during the Murtala - Obasanjo Military Administration under the Universal Primary Education (UPE) programme. These schools apparently were managed by the neighboring states from which FCT was carved out along with the school. Hence with the creation of the capital territory, the schools no longer had any central coordinating system until 1979. Hence coordinated employment in education started in 1979 with Dr. Jacob Uhumwango an Assistant chief Education Officer. The first school established under FCDA was a staff school at the field base in Suleja meant to cater for the children of pioneer staff of the new territory.

Subsequently, by 1990 a management structure for education started emerging and eventually a small Education Services Unit was established within the Administration Department of the FCTA to take charge of education matters. It was later elevated to a division under the headship of Mr. Aboki Zhawa (now, Dr. Zhawa) who had joined the Education Services Units in June 1980. The earliest administrative structure of the then Education Division was as follows:

 

  1. Primary Education Section
  2. Educational services Section
  3. Planning and Development
  4. Inspectorate Section


As the new federal capital developed, with more infrastructure, housing and other facilities more residents were drawn to the territory and this stimulated increased demand for social services, including schools. In particular, more civil servants poured into the city with their families, and most of them looked up to government to provide schools for their children. This was when the decision was taken to upgrade the former Education Division into a full fledged Department of Education headed by a substantive Director of Education, Alhaji Adamu Shuaibu, now late, who reported directly to the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja at the time.


The Department of Education then had the following Division added to the already existing sections which were upgraded to Division:

  1. Schools and Higher Education added to the Schools Management Services Division
  2. Science and Technology Division
  3. School Sports Division
  4. Administration division
  5. Education Resource center

The following Boards also became part of the Education Department at the time:

  1. Primary Education Board
  2. Agency for Mass Education
  3. FCT College of Education

There were also some special Units viz:

  1. Nomadic Education Unit
  2. French Language Center
  3. Monitoring Unit on the National Policy on Education
With the coming of Mallam Nasir El Rufai as the Minister of FCT in 2003 under the Obasanjo administration, the Territory witnessed major reforms that never took place since its inception. Part of these reforms was the re-structuring of the FCT administration which saw the scrapping of the Ministry of the Federal Capital Territory (MFCT) and reversal to the original FCT Administration system. In the process, Secretariats were created to replace the existing Departments in the social Services Sector of the FCT. The new Secretariats were made largely autonomous and each is headed by a Secretary who is on the rank of Special Assistant to the President. The establishment of Education Secretariat in 2005 launched FCT into the status of a state such that the Secretariat is nationally taken as if it were a Ministry of Education with the mandate to provide qualitative, accessible and affordable education to the residents of the FCT through concerted efforts of agencies and departments under the Secretariat.

At the time of inception the Secretariat had just an Administration and Finance Department at the Headquarters, headed by a director, who is answerable to the Secretary for Education.

The first Secretary for Education Secretariat was Dr. Auwalu Anwar,a former university lecturer who served from 2004 to 2006. He was succeeded by Mrs Bola Onagoruwa, a barrister by profession from 2006 to 2007. Mrs Onagoruwa was followed by Mrs Felicta Olajide who came at the beginning of Alh Modobo's regime as FCT Minister in 2007 but was later replaced by Hussaini Halilu Pai in May 2008 as Mrs Olajide assumed office at Social Development Secretariat. Hussaini Halilu Pai, a seasoned educationist and administrator grew within the FCT Education system from the Local Education Authority, to the Universal Education Board before he was appointed the Secretary for Education. Photographs of all the Secretaries of Education Secretariat from inception are shown below with their names and dates in office:
Dr. Auwalu Anwar Ibrahim
Secretary for Education May 2004 to 21st Feb. 2006
Ms Bolanle Onagoruwa
Secretary for Education 21st Feb., 2006 to 2007
Mrs. Felisita Olajide
Secretary for Education 2007 - 2008
Alh. Hussaini Halilu Pai
Secretary for Education 2008 to 2011
Alh Yahaya Ibrahim Gwagwa - Education Secretary 2011

 

 

Other Historical Events of the Secretariat

Education Secretariat has made some very outstanding achievements that are worthy of the records. Some of the achievements are as follows:

  1. One of its JSS schools - JSS Jikwoyi, became three times winner of the World Champions of Students for the Advancement of Global Entrepreneurship (SAGE) competition in 2009.
  2. FCT has been very pro-active in deployment of ICT in educational services. While other ICT is still emerging in education in other states of the federation, FCT is already integrating ICT in the teaching and learning process through the e-learning.
  3. Through proper guidance in project fabrication and quiz competition, students from the FCT participated in various International Mathematics and Physics Olympiads and Projects Fabrication Competitions and won medals.
  4. FCT also came first during the Junior Engineers, Technicians and Scientists (JETS) in Project Fabrication competition co-ordinated by the Agency and represented Nigeria in International Project Exhibition in various counts.
  5. One of its JS schools the JSS Jikwoyi, became three times winner of the World Champions of Students for the Advancement of Global Entrepreneurship (SAGE) competition in 2009.
  6. The UBEB Community Self Help Project, under which many schools spread across the six councils have benefited, further enhances school- community linkage.
  7. FCT UBEB won twice the best performing UBE Board in the North Central Zone award for its effectiveness and efficiency in the implementation of the UBE Programme sine 2005.
  8. Additional 10 percent and 8% of basic salary are paid to all teachers in the FCT rural schools and urban schools respectively as incentive/ motivational package.
  9. Under the UBE Programme, FCT has given regular trainings to most of its teachers.
  10. The Research Unit of Secondary Education Board successfully  conducted an action research on the causes and remedies of public SSS students low performance in external examination. The study made a number of recommendations towards remedying the situation and some are already being implemented.
  11. FCT Agency for Science and Technology supported the successful participation of the FCT in the International Olympiad held in Azerbaijan in December 2009;
  12. Under the Young Talent Project, in the a maiden edition of the National Students Scientific Education Forum organised in collaboration with UNESCO,  students of FCT came in the 1s - 3rd positions in the Basic Essay competition, 1st and 2nd positions in the SSS easy, 2nd position in the basic project and  3rd position in the Special project.
  13. a new initiative, the ICT on wheels project, takes training to teachers after school. About 4000 teachers have so far been trained while as much as ten million naira was realised from the lunching of the project;

 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 August 2011 21:29
 

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