REMARKS BY SENATOR ISA MAINA, SECRETARY FOR EDUCATION, FCTA, AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF UNICEF TRAINING FOR SCHOOL HEADS AND DATA DESK OFFICERS ON RECORD KEEPING AND COMPLETION OF THE ANNUAL SCHOOL CENSUS FORM ON TUESDAY, 28TH NOVEMBER, 2017 IN ABUJA
REMARKS BY SENATOR ISA MAINA, SECRETARY FOR EDUCATION, FCTA, AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF UNICEF TRAINING FOR SCHOOL HEADS AND DATA DESK OFFICERS ON RECORD KEEPING AND COMPLETION OF THE ANNUAL SCHOOL CENSUS FORM ON TUESDAY, 28TH NOVEMBER, 2017 IN ABUJA
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Written by Stephen Oyelola   
Monday, 11 December 2017 15:46

DELIVERED BY DR. ADAMU NOMA JATAU, DIRECTOR FCT UBEB

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It is a pleasure for me to be here with you at this very important occasion which is essentially a capacity building event for data management desk officers in the Education Secretariat.

The Secretary for Education, Senator Isa Maina

Education, perhaps more than any other sector of the society is essential for national growth and development. It is, as many have said, the bedrock of national advancement and the foundation on which all others are built. The development of this sector cannot therefore be left to chance. Everything about education must be carefully and systematically planned from the strategic to the tactical and finally to the operational levels. Each must work seamlessly with the other. Gaps in any of the levels will be negatively reflected on the result sheets of the students at the end of the year.

 

The cornerstone of planning as we all know is reliable data. The lack of usable data has been the bane of proper planning in our quest for nation building. Even if resources are available and deployed, as long as the data on which implementation are hinged is unreliable, the end result will not meet required targets. It is therefore imperative that planning is done based on usable information.

The Education Secretariat has long ago put planning on the front burner of its development agenda and made great efforts to ensure that all its endeavours in this direction are based on data that is up to date and meets international standards.

It is little wonder therefore that UNICEF has over the years partnered with the Education Secretariat especially in providing support services such as capacity building and funding of some of our planning and data collation efforts.

The training programme today is therefore a continuation of the excellent collaboration between the Secretariat and UNICEF. Record keeping at the school level is one of the most important functions in the school system that has the potentials of making or undermining the entire sector. Information gathered at the school level will determine the proper deployment of funds, materials and personnel.

I am informed that this training programme will be conducted for 811 heads of schools and school data desk officers from across the 6 Area Councils specifically on proper record keeping and completion of the Annual School Census instrument.

The importance of the annual school census cannot be overstated as it forms the basis of all our planning programmes and development agenda. The FCT I am aware is one of the few states in the country that has consistently updated its school census data. I am also aware that the collaboration and participation of UNICEF has made this possible.

There is no doubt that the collection and collation of this data is capital intensive and requires a lot of pain staking efforts to properly analyze them. I therefore urge all of you trainees to make the best use of this training programme and carry out this assignment properly as our planning programmes are hinged on it. On our part we will continue to do our best to provide the needed funding.

I pledge that the data that will originate from this exercise will be properly scrutinized and will form the foundation for future planning purposes. This data will certainly not gather dust in some offices or cupboards.

Finally I once more wish to thank UNICEF for all their collaborative efforts with the Education Secretariat and pledge to continue to work with them for the singular purpose of providing the best possible educational services to the people of the FCT.

I wish you all a productive and rewarding programme. Thank you for listening and may God bless us all.

EDUCATION SECRETARIAT

28/11/2017

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