MINNA – Prof. Promise Okpala, the outgoing Registrar of the National Examinations Council (NECO), has suggested the adoption of bond scholarship for development of education sector in Nigeria.
Okpala made the call yesterday in Minna in an interview with newsmen.
He said the adoption would encourage the citizens to take educational courses that would be of immense benefits to them and the country also.
“This bonding scholarship entails giving scholarship to outstanding students to study peculiar courses like teaching, engineering, space and atomic sciences.
“The bonding should come in the form of agreeing with the beneficiaries that they shall work for the government for a particular period of time.
“During this bond period, other Nigerians will benefit from their expertise with its ripple effect as well as encourage others to toe such paths of beneficial course.
“At the end, a time will come when gradually such scholarship may be withdrawn and thousands of Nigerians will have been encouraged to take part without incentives from government,” he said.
Okpala also called for the review of the country’s educational system, to enable graduates at all levels to be self reliant and employers of labour.
On the downward trend of the basic primary education, the NECO boss said that much was needed in teaching and learning environment.
“We need to entice and make the school environment more attractive than the home environment for young kids.
“As the first forum of leaving the home for kids, the schools must provide for them instructional materials to make them remind parents each morning to take them to school,” he said.