Written by Godfrey AKON

UBEC begins nationwide headcount of personnel, students

The Universal Basic Education Commission, UBEC, has deployed 725 staff to commence a nationwide audit of private and public schools personnel and students on April 30, 2018.

Executive Secretary of UBEC, Dr Hamid Boboyyi, who made the announcement at a briefing in Abuja, said the exercise was part of the statutory mandate of the commission as enshrined in the UBE Act of 2004.

Boboyyi said the first phase of the audit will commence in southern states of Nigeria from April 30th to May 27th, 2018, while the concluding phase will take place in northern states between June 3rd and 30th 2018.

UBEC conducted its only National Personnel Audits, NPA, in 2006 and 2010 focusing only on public schools, and has not updated the national data on personnel and students of the institutions for eight years.

For the first time, the Commission is embarking on an inclusive headcount of public and private primary, and junior secondary schools’ personnel and students to provide harmonised data for the country’s basic education system.

Boboyyi stressed the importance of the exercise to understand the challenges of basic education in the country and articulate policies that would address them.

He said without data, the country cannot properly plan and allocate resources for the development of the basic education subsector.

“Without the audit, we will continue to grope on challenges and implement policies that are not related to the problems on ground,” he said.

He noted that there was no point pretending that all was well within the education sector, when the system lacked strategic approach to address emerging challenges.

The UBEC boss likened the audit to a school census where the number of pupils and teachers within the system, their level of qualifications and other indices will be taken into account.

He expressed confidence that the NPA would provide reliable data for assessing the impact and achievement of basic education, adding that the data collected would be fed into the national data bank for global reporting in line with Nigeria’s Educational Management Information System.

Boboyyi said UBEC will carry out the exercise in collaboration with the National Population Commission, NPC, National Bureau of Statistics, NBS, National Educational Research and Development Council, NERDC, and the National Teachers Institute, among others.

Earlier, the Chairman of the National Personnel Audit Planning Committee, Rev. Edwin Jarumai, disclosed that the commencement of the audit followed approval by the Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu.

Jarumai said the UBE Act, 2004, mandates UBEC to conduct a national personnel audit at regular intervals in collaboration with the 36 states and the 776 Local Governments in the country, adding that the 2018 exercise is the first of its kind because it covers private and public schools.

 

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