The National Senior Secondary Education Commission, (NSSEC) has appealed for the inclusion of the NSSEC Gazette Act 23, (2% consolidated revenue fund) in the 2024 Budget to enable access to the funds required for the repositioning of Senior Secondary Education in Nigeria.
The Executive Secretary of NSSEC,
Dr Iyela Ajayi,made the appeal during his working visit to the Chairman, Senate Committee on Basic and Secondary Education, Senator Lawal Adamu Usman and the Chairman Committee on Education (Basic and Services) Hon.Mark Useini,in Abuja.
According to a statement issued to newsmen by the Head of Press and Protocol, Fatima Bappare,the Executive Secretary congratulated the lawmakers on their well-deserved offices, while briefing them on the Commission’s mandate.
Dr.Ajayi highlighted some of the achievements of the Commission, noting that the Commission in collaborating with the Federal Ministry of Education is working towards producing the final draft of the National Policy on Senior Secondary Education which will help to invigorate the sub sector.
NSSEC also revealed that the responsibility of setting Minimum Standard in the Senior Secondary Education rests on it’s shoulders, stressing that it has commenced the critique of the Minimum Standard document by different stakeholders which will be accepted by all after scrutiny.
The Commission further highlighted that the production of NSSEC National Strategic Plan which will be a road map to achieve its mandate of repositioning the Senior Secondary Education in Nigeria is at the level of conclusion.
While reiterating that there is need to carry out detailed needs assessment in schools in various states, updating the database of Senior Secondary schools and capacity development of teachers which has been grossly hindered, the commission made a compassionate appeal for adequate funding in line with budgetary allocation to enable it achieve its mandate of revitalizing the Senior Secondary Education to meet global standard.