Dr Iyela Ajayi, Executive Secretary NSSEC

The Executive Secretary of the National Senior Secondary Education Commission (NSSEC), Dr Iyela Ajayi says the commission has been under funded since it’s inception, thereby hampering speedy implementation of the commission’s mandate.

The Executive Secretary stated this Tuesday in Abuja during an interactive session with members of the press.

He said the press briefing had become necessary in order to intimate the public on the progress made since he took over the mantle of leadership Four months ago.

Dr Ajayi while highlighting some of the gains made within his short stay in office listed the achievements to include;
Advocacy visits to State governors for their buy-in into the vision of the commission to enable the state have a better understanding on the need to access NSSEC funds needed for the development of secondary education in their various states.

According to him, ” the Governors were advised to study the Act establishing the commission and amend where necessary to establish state Senior Secondary Education boards that will be synergizing with the commission to achieve its mandates”.

He said, the commission has developed several road maps necessary for the execution of its mandate such as development of minimum standards for senior secondary education, organised capacity building workshops for teachers, promote administrative efficiency,collaborate with the NERDC on validation of senior secondary education curriculum, gazetting of NSSEC Act, introduction of due process, accountability and probity in financial matters which he emphasized that due process must be followed to ensure the elimination of corrupt tendencies.

The Executive Secretary however, stated that secondary education in Nigeria must begin to have a different outlook hence the introduction of the policy of ranking of senior secondary schools in Nigeria, this he said will promote healthy competitiveness amongst schools just the same way the commission has organised the national science and technology innovation Exhibition for senior secondary school students within the FCT aimed at sharpening the skills and creativity of the students.

He noted that efforts are already being put in place to have a thorough needs assessment exercise that will help ascertain those things that are necessary in other to reposition the senior secondary education sub sector in the country.

Dr Ajayi while speaking on the challenges confronting the commission laments that NSSEC is yet to receive the 2% consolidated revenue funds which he said has stalled implementation of its mandate.

He said “compared with other sister educational commission NSSEC is relatively new and requires adequate funding to carry out it’s mandate”.

The Executive Secretary reiterated the need for a spacious office accommodation as the current one is barely able to contain the staff, that he said makes the work somewhat difficult for effective operation considering that proper office space will surely enhance staff performance.

The mandate of the commission is to prescribe and enforce minimum standard in all Senior Secondary Schools in the country and also serve as a regulatory and intervention agency in all our senior secondary schools across the country.