18th November, 2010
The National Parents/Teachers Association ofÂ Nigeria (NAPTAN), yesterday urged theÂ Federal Government not to scrap the 6-3-3-4 system ofÂ education.
NAPTANâ€™sÂ National Coordinator, Alhaji Babs Animashaun, said in a statement in LagosÂ that the system itself was not the problem but that ofÂ implementation.
He blamed government at all levels for inadequate funding and inconsistency in theÂ implementation of the policy.
â€œThe 6-3-3-4 system has not achieved its desired goals not because the system hasÂ failed but because the system has been crippled by non-implementation.
â€œSince its introduction, successive governments have not been allocating enoughÂ funds for equipment and building of workshops in schools, among other needs,â€ heÂ Â said.
Rather than outright scrapping of the system, Animashaun urged government to probeÂ the poor performance of students during major examinations.
â€œThe Federal Government should give sufficient thought to the new plan and theÂ possible consequences ofÂ abandoning the 6-3-3-4 system,â€ he added.
He also urged government to adequately fund the Inspectorate Division of the FederalÂ Ministry of Education to enable it function optimally.
Animashaun further called for a well structured programme for training andÂ re-training of teachers across the country.