Education has often been described as the panacea for National Development due to its effectiveness as a tool for both social and economic growth. Quality education is without doubt the bedrock of a progressive people as it determines the capacity and quality of available manpower; an indication of potential productivity.
The effectiveness of education in the global acceleration of development and unlocking of hidden potential is perhaps best underscored by a saying credited to Nelson Mandela, “Education is the most powerful weapon that can be used to change the world”.
In Nigeria, the quality of education can be said to have deteriorated and is characterized by a lack of education infrastructure, non-conducive learning environment, poor remuneration of teaching staff etc; which have inevitably led to a decline in the standard of education across the country.
In a bid to improve the quality of education in Delta State, the administration of Governor Emmanuel Eweta Uduaghan (CON), has embarked on a variety of initiatives designed to revive the education sector in the state.
The administration's efforts are remarkably and practically displayed in the massive provision of infrastructure in the schools; which include the erection of massive buildings, renovation and reconstruction of primary and secondary schools, provision of sport facilities, equipping of school libraries and computer centers among others.
Since inception, the government has built over 60 new Model Primary Schools and equipped them with modern teaching and learning aids. In the same vein, four new polytechnics are presently under construction in addition to the four existing ones, alongside the phased rehabilitation and reconstruction of all secondary schools in the state.
Beyond the provision of physical projects and learning materials in primary and secondary schools, the present administration as part of its efforts at accelerated development of the education sector, through the introduction of free education programmes at primary and secondary level, sponsorship of external exams at Secondary School level, and school-fee supplements in terms of a state bursary for indigenes at the tertiary level.
Apart from these initiatives, study grants and scholarships for the destitute and less privileged individuals are also provided by the government, as well as the much coveted Scholarship award for Deltans who graduate with a First Class Degree to facilitate further study up to Doctorate level.
In terms of the development of qualified and dedicated instructors to pass on the required knowledge, the government places a high premium on the employment, training and re-training of teachers and other academic staff.
The Uduaghan administration also adopts motivation strategies to encourage students and teachers to continually strive for excellence thereby further promoting qualitative education within the state. A recent example was the recent reward of a Toyota Corolla presented by Governor Uduaghan to Mr. Louis Akamaka, a teacher at West End Secondary School, who diligently led the literary session organised by the state Government.
The government has also taken bold steps in collaborating with private bodies to assist students effectively in the study for upcoming examinations.
These and many more strides by the Delta State Government in Educational development and the pursuit of excellence has led to the conferment of the title of "Best State Government in the Development of Basic Education for 2012" by the Institute for Government Research and Leadership Technology.