The Nigerian Army Resource Centre Seminar with “The Theme: Repositioning Nigerian Army Command Schools for Quality Education in the 21st Century” was held on 5 and 6 May 16. Four topics were carefully selected to explore and make a foray into the problems of Nigerian Army Command Schools. These 4 lectures were, Quality Delivery in Nigerian Army Command Schools: An Appraisal; Employment of Appropriate Instructional Materials and Techniques for Effective Learning; School Management in the 21st Century: A Case of Command Secondary Schools Nation Wide and lastly, The Concept of Schools Management: The Nigerian Navy/Air Force Experience. Each exposition of these lectures and the interrogation that followed during the interactive session did more than justice to the topics. The challenges were sufficiently brought out, models were presented and thoughtful recommendations were made.
It was generally agreed that all hands should be on deck to do the needful in order to translate these topics to the desired end state. For the discussions in the Seminar to gain traction, all stakeholders were enjoined to change their attitude and approach to matters of high priority such as Education in Nigerian Army Secondary Schools. The journey to the Seminar started when the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) realized the need and conceived the idea to rescue Nigerian Army Command Secondary Schools from the rot that has eaten it. While the COAS gave life to this by providing the spirit, all other stakeholders were encouraged to give it the soul and the body to live in.
Even though those that participated in the Seminar did not constitute up to 50% of all the stakeholders in this endeavor, it however provided the framework which is analogous to the skeleton, with all participants taking ownership by providing the flesh. Although the COAS has provided the necessary leadership and finances, repositioning Nigerian Army Command Schools require more than just funds. Stakeholders were therefore tasked to ensure that the implementation of the highlights of discussions during the seminar commences in earnest.