By Florence Ugbem
As part of measures to revamp and strengthen basic and post-basic education, the Benue State Governor, Rev. Fr. Hyacinth Alia has issued an Executive Order for the establishment of Benue State Education Quality Assurance Agency for the State Public and Private Schools headed by a Director General.
Benue State Commissioner for Education and Knowledge Management, Dr Frederick Ikyaan presented the pioneer Director General of the Agency, Dr. Terna Francis to education stakeholders at a meeting held last Friday at Government College, Makurdi.
Dr. Ikyaan stressed that the establishment of the Agency is not aimed at antagonising anyone but to reposition the education sector in the state, especially schools below the tertiary level.
The commissioner commended the commitment of stakeholders and urged them to seek clarity with the DG on all matters regarding the new agency.
He admonished them to double their efforts and be more committed to their duties and called on education stakeholders in the state to synergize with the government even as he urged them to double their efforts, upgrade and embark on personal development to help in the discharge of their duties.
Responding, to the pioneer Director General of the Benue State Education Quality Assurance Agency, Dr. Francis Terna thanked Governor Alia for appointing him as the pioneer DG of the agency and pledged to put to use his wealth of experience in repositioning education in the state.
Dr Terna stated that the Agency will be rapidly responsive and accessible to the educational needs of the average Benue person.
“The Agency shall not tolerate mediocrity, half standards, inefficiency, laxity, and non-performance. We, therefore, invite all stakeholders, relevant groups and concerned individuals to put hands on deck as we work to salvage and reposition qualitative education in our dear Benue State”, he maintained.
Dr. Terna revealed that the agency will carry out, “Recertification for both Private and Public schools in the state, noting that up-to-date schools will be issued a Certificate of Consent, designed with security features to fully operate the same, while those that are not up-to-date, after this exercise, will be advised to upgrade within a specified period. Others that fall too low below the standard will be shut down and parents are advised to transfer their children to only certified schools”.
In his remarks, the Chairman, National Association of Private Proprietors 2023 (NAPPs), Rev. Dr. Philip Ominyi commended the state governor for his gesture towards revamping and repositioning Education, stating that NAPPs is in support and ready to go all out to ensure that the right thing is done.
Education stakeholders in their various goodwill messages expressed delight in the repositioning of education in the state, stating that the establishment of the agency is a welcome development and called for training and retraining of education area officers.