APC candidate in the September 19, 2020 governorship election, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu has said that he is coming into government with an Education policy that will train Edo children to become skilled, both in theory and practice.
Speaking on the Manpower development and training aspects of his manifesto, the Simple Agenda, he said the policy, built on the use of modern pedagogical methods including ICT and multi-media platforms will ensure that the Edo child becomes competitive both nationally and globally.
Quoting the famous Economist and author of ‘Principle of Economics’, Alfred Marshall, who said, "The most valuable of all capital is that invested in human beings”, Pastor Ize-Iyamu said, "The greatest resource any state has is its people. This is what many countries have realized and have leveraged to attain greatness".
"The programme on education under our stewardship will ensure that no Edo child is left behind. Edo State Government will provide free and compulsory education from primary school to junior secondary school".
According to Pastor Ize-Iyamu, the education policy of the Simple Agenda will, "train our youths in science, engineering, finance, commerce, entrepreneurship, management information and communication technology that will lead the state’s drive for prosperity and economic development".
The policy will, "motivate teachers through proper remuneration, prompt payment of salaries and emoluments and continued training and re-training" and support them in their quest to up-grade themselves to ensure high standards in the education sector.
He said public schools will have boarding facilities restored to inculcate leadership qualities in Edo youths while
students will be encouraged to take interest in science and technology and reward provided for outstanding students with full scholarship.
Pastor Ize-Iyamu also said that science laboratories will be made provided in Senior Secondary Schools as well as Art and Crafts workshops in Junior Secondary Schools while efforts will be to make every citizen literate and able to communicate in the lingua franca and their mother tongue.
He promised to construct modern toilet facilities in schools and ensure adequate provision of chairs and tables and relevant learning materials in addition to development of sports and libraries.
On technical and vocational education, TVE, he said to improve on the skills and entrepreneurial development of school leavers, "appropriate incentives will be offered to attract students in a bid to discourage the over-dependence on tertiary education" including the re-activation and provision of contemporary facilities, equipment and teaching aids to all existing Technical Schools in the state.
"From JSS 1, every child would be exposed to skill acquisition as part of the school system. They would pick 4 different skills from a wide range of skills that may include Carpentry, Catering, Fashion design, Painting as well as Digital skills, Music, Healthcare, Tiling, etc. From SSI, they would then be required to pick only one and specialize".
Still on the Education policy, the APC candidate said, " We shall create an education and business partnership framework, EBPF, to give students opportunities to develop the skills and qualities needed for work", while, "in their last year of SS3, they will undergo a compulsory four weeks work experience placement".
The idea he emphasized is that, "by the time the child is graduating from SS3, he/she would have a DIPLOMA in one skill set and a WAEC certificate on the other hand. Such a child would be ready for a future of productivity.
"The DIPLOMA would be the collateral to obtaining a small business loan to get started in life as a professional and to be a viable human being- able to fend for themselves even if they choose not to go on to a university".
Pastor Ize-Iyamu added that the state’s technical training centres will be integrated with skill acquisition, cottage agro-processing and other related small-scale production outfits across the senatorial districts, "for the training of the relevant technical and skilled manpower, to drive all aspects of our economic policies".
To guarantee success of the many packages in the Educational policy, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu promised to, "maintain education standards and achievements in schools through a rigorous quality inspection, monitoring and support regime". #