Bayelsa State Ministry of Education – Hon Commissioner – Mr. Salo Adikumo

Bayelsa State Ministry of Education – Hon Commissioner – Mr. Salo Adikumo
Bayelsa State Commissioner of Education, Mr. Salo Adikumo has said that government has commenced survey works at the proposed centre for the model primary and secondary schools in the state.Adikumo dropped the hint while answering questions from Journalists in his office in yenagoa, the state capital.

He said that as part of the content development education initiative, the state government would build Teachers Training and Retraining centres while experts from overseas would be engaged to adequately train teachers to provide scientific and technical oriented skills among students. Adikumo explained that henceforth, schools curricula must contain traces of vocational studies that would engender self-reliance in the economy, pointing out that two of these Vocational Centres would be built in Polaku and Adagbabiri in Yenagoa and Sagbama Local Government Areas respectively.

Government Areas respectively.The Education Commissioner stated that the governor’s pronouncement of free and compulsory education is on course, adding that government has already commenced payment of First School Leaving Certificate, WAEC and NECO Examination fees as well as that of JSS III in the state.He disclosed that government has approved the payment of school fees for students of Bayelsa origin who are undergoing studies in Russia, Belarus and other foreign countries while plans are being made to send another batch of students on scholarship abroad.Adikumo advised stakeholders of the education sub-sector not to be deterred by the present deplorable state of infrastructure in schools, stressing that the present administration was poised towards upgrading school facilities including the provision of staff quarters in secondary schools.

Speaking on the Niger Delta University and the Bayelsa State College of Arts and Science, the Commissioner disclosed that money has been approved for the accreditation of the Medical Faculty while government would

Education is clearly a major tool and a strategic lever for the socio-economic development of Bayelsa State and for individual socio-economic empowerment and poverty reduction. The educational system is vital because it produces the workforce required to function in various facets of the State’s economy and its development process.

The Vision of the Ministry of Education is to use Education as a tool for the total socio-economic and political empowerment of every citizen of Bayelsa , irrespective of gender, Age, geographical location or terrain and tribe and to make Bayelsa economically vibrant and political stable.

To provide sound, educational policy for effective and efficient management of our schools, the provision of standard educational facilities to ensure equal access by all citizens and to reduce the level of illiteracy to its barest minimum.

The Education Ministry is responsible for providing the following services:
Implementing the National Policy on Education in the State
Setting and prescribing minimum standards for educational institutions of the State
Enforcing and monitoring standards expected of educational institutions in the State
Assessment of both the process and the products of the educational system in the State
Regular inspection and supervision of primary and post primary schools in the State

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