Directorate of Quality Assurance Established in Edo State to Enhance Education Standards
In a significant move to improve the quality of education in the state, Governor Godwin Nogheghase Obaseki has signed an Executive Order establishing the Directorate of Quality Assurance. The newly formed Directorate will play a crucial role in monitoring and overseeing all levels of non-tertiary education, with a specific focus on supervising private basic, secondary, and technical schools in Edo State.
According to Hon. Commissioner of Education, Dr. Joan Osa Oviawe, the establishment of the Directorate of Quality Assurance stems from the government’s commitment to ensure that every child in Edo State receives a high-quality education. The Directorate will be responsible for assessing and maintaining the standard of education across various levels, including Early Childhood Education, Special Education, Adult Education, Basic Education, Secondary Education, and Technical and Vocational Education.
Over the years, She said, the Ministry of Education’s attention had been inadvertently diverted to peripheral issues, causing the core responsibilities related to policy formulation, oversight, and regulation to be sidelined. While the government has made significant efforts to reform schools, improve teacher training, remuneration, and infrastructure, it is now time to prioritize the establishment of a robust system that ensures the effective delivery of quality education Dr Oviawe added. The Directorate of Quality Assurance will, consequently, play a pivotal role in addressing crucial questions such as the presence of teachers in schools, the quality of teaching, the attendance of learners, and their level of learning.
By creating the Directorate, the government aims to optimize available resources and foster better synergy among the three boards responsible for managing education (SUBEB, SSEB, and BTVET). This strategic approach will ensure that all levels of non-tertiary education receive the necessary attention and support they require.
To lead the Directorate of Quality Assurance, Governor Obaseki has appointed Dr. Roseline Osemetiti Okosun as the Ag Director General. Dr. Okosun is a seasoned educationist and administrator with an impressive track record spanning over three decades. She holds a Ph.D. in Education from The Flinders University of South Australia, as well as B.Ed and M.Ed degrees from the University of Missouri, Columbia, USA. Dr. Okosun’s diverse teaching experiences across Nigeria, USA, Australia, and Canada, coupled with her previous role as the Special Adviser to the Governor on Secondary Education, make her a valuable asset in this pivotal position.
Throughout her career, Dr. Okosun has been actively involved in classroom management, student and teacher assessment, and evaluation. She has also been a key figure in literacy programs and has contributed significantly to the personal growth and achievements of her students, promoting global citizenship, activism, and service.
With Dr. Okosun’s expertise and dedication, combined with the establishment of the Directorate of Quality Assurance, Edo State is taking a decisive step towards transforming its education system and ensuring a brighter future for its youth.