Stakeholders in the non-formal sub-sector of education in Ogun State have been admonished not to relent in their efforts at taking education to the un-reached adults and youths in the rural areas, so as to step up literacy level among the populace.
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Alhaji Shefiu Rasheed, who stated this at the graduation ceremony of Non-Formal Education, held at Abeokuta Grammar School Hall, Idi-Aba, Abeokuta, noted that government remain committed at ensuring that education get to every nook and cranny of the State.
He called on the public and private sectors, non-governmental organizations, international agencies and well meaning indigenes of the State, to partner government at eradicating illiteracy among adults and youths to engender all round growth and development.
To the graduands, the Permanent Secretary implored them to make optimum use of the training they had acquired, assuring that their certificates are acceptable all over the country, for employment and promotion purposes.
‘’Let me assure you that the certificate you are about to receive is a meal ticket. You are assured of gainful employment and promotion in your career if you so desire,’’ he said.
Earlier in his welcome address, the Director, State Agency for Mass Education, Dr. Abdul Waheed Olanloye, opined that government has contributed immensely to the upliftment of non-formal education through prompt payment of monthly honoraria to facilitators, capacity building for personnel of adult education and resuscitation of moribund women education centres across the State.
Lanloye revealed that the agency has succeeded in producing 605 graduands for 2016/2017 academic session from its literacy centres and women/vocational centres in the three Senatorial Districts of the State.
In their goodwill messages, Directors, Agency for Mass Education in Lagos and Oyo States, Mrs. Kemi Kalesanwo and Mrs. Mope Bolarinwa, appreciated the State government for resuscitating the agency, calling for more investment in the sub-sector.
Meanwhile, All Nigeria Confederation of Principals of Secondary Schools (ANCOPSS) in the State has been lauded, for organizing workshop for new principals in order to prepare them for the new academic session.
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education Science and Technology, Alhaji Shefiu Rasheed gave the commendation at an In-House Workshop and Induction for new Principals, held at Lisabi Grammar School, Idi-Aba Abeokuta.
Rasheed noted that the refreshing programme would go a long way at improving teaching and learning, thereby bringing the best out of students. He encouraged the principals to see the workshop as an opportunity to improve themselves, for optimum service delivery.
Chairman, ANCOPSS, Mr. Ebenezer Ogundele said the Association would continue to build on the existing cordial relationship with the State government for the progress of the sector.