THE Federal Government has pledged massive transformation and greater deal for the education sector in the course of 2014.

Supervising Minister of Education, Nyesom Wike, who spoke on the government’s projections for 2014 for the education sector, said the Federal Ministry of Education would fundamentally improve in the areas of access and quality education in both the basic and tertiary levels of the sector.

The supervising minister of education, in a New Year message to Nigerians, issued by his Special Assistant on Media, Mr Simeon Nwakaudu, in Abuja, on Wednesday, said Nigerians should expect the consolidation of the gains of the investments of President Goodluck Jonathan-led administration in the education sector in the course of 2014.

He stressed that, in specific terms, the administration would frontally tackle the issue of more access to basic education for the Almajiris in the North, the Boy-Child of the South-East and South-South, the girl-child of the North and adult and youth illiterates scattered across the nation.

He said: “We are looking forward to comprehensively addressing the issue of access to quality education for less privileged Nigerians. We are working towards ensuring that majority of the out-of-school children have access to education. We are going to build on the gains that we have already attained in the construction of Almajiri and girl-child schools.

“The complete overhaul of the universities will be on the fast lane, while the Needs Assessment reports of Federal Polytechnics and Colleges of Education would have been submitted and the reports acted upon. The training of teachers of basic education sector and the lecturers in the tertiary education sector will receive the deserved attention in the course of 2014.”

The minister noted that the Jonathan-led administration would, in the course of 2014, work toward implementing the agreements reached with the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).

He added that the administration will also work towards resolving the industrial disputes with the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics and the Colleges of Education Academic Staff Union.

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