According to Vanguard, SEVEN years after he left office, former President Goodluck Jonathan, yesterday, revealed that he embarked on the Almajiri schools program in the North while he was in office to infuse the Western education curriculum into Islamic education to make the pupils employable and check incessant crisis and insecurity.
It was said that Jonathan stated this, yesterday, while delivering the keynote address at the maiden Bayelsa State Education Summit, with the theme “Optimising the Delivery, Performance, and Sustainability of Outcomes in the Education Sector,” at the Conference Hall of the Nigeria Content Development and Monitoring Board, NCDMB, in Yenagoa the Bayelsa State capital.
He explained that his vision and philosophy of development are be based on education as there cannot be a functional society without a functional education system, noting that education remains the key to change the country.
The former president, who commended Governor Douye Diri’s administration for organizing the summit, which is aimed at fashioning a road map for the educational sector, said such roadmap once developed should be passed into law so that no succeeding governor could unilaterally alter it and stressed that everything must be done in the interest of the people.
It was stated that Jonathan further noted that greater attention should be focused on the transition to Information Communication Technology, ICT, as ICT education is gradually phasing out other disciplines, just as he also emphasized the need for the teaching of international languages and development of a common language for the state.