Written by Godfrey AKON

UBEC set to unveil school census results in February

The Universal Basic Education Commission, UBEC, is set to formally announce the results of its recently concluded school census on February 28, 2019.

Executive Secretary of UBEC, Dr. Hamid Bobboyyi, who disclosed this at a media parley in Abuja, said the commission was currently analyzing data generated from the successful conduct of the head count of teachers and pupils in primary and secondary schools.

Bobboyyi noted that the exercise which was dubbed National Personnel Audit, NPA, would generate a lot of data which will help to track out-of-school children and lay to rest speculations over the exact number of the population.

The UBEC boss also announced that the commission would soon disburse N142.6 billion to states for the development of basic education, adding that the disbursement will take place within three to five months.

He noted that N71.3 billion, representing 50 per cent of the money was the actual allocation made by UBEC to the states while N71.3 billion was the counterpart fund states were expected to pay in.

According to him, some states especially in the South East failed to pay in their matching grants to access the funds since 2015, adding that the Federal Government will deduct at source the Paris Club Refund accruable to the states in order to pay the counterpart funds.

“By the next three, four months or at most five months, we will have no un-accessed funds in UBEC. Why am I making the promise? The Federal Government found it  inappropriate and discussed it with the states and deducted from the Paris Club refund the entire amount owed by the states up to 31 of August 2017.

“The Federal Government will credit the account of UBEC with about N71.3 billion, which is the amount that is there. We are going to add the marching grant and so in the next few months, the states are going to get 142.6 billion,” he said.

Earlier, the director of social mobilisation, Malam Bello Kagara, said the conflicting figures of out-of-school children would soon be “redefined” due to the activities of UBEC, adding the results of the census were currently being analyzed.

Kagara said in a bid to ensure that the commission tackles the menace of out-of-school children, it was engaging with members of the e-9 countries to provide a peer review for managing the population.

In his remarks, the director in charge of academic service in UBEC, Mr Wadata Madawaki, said the commission was in the process of procuring textbooks and other learning materials for basic schools across the country.

Madawaki stated that 7.3 million textbooks were procured for primary 4-6 and distributed under the 2015/2016 intervention by the Commission, adding that N165 million was also allocated to each state and FCT for the Teachers Professional Development programme in 2018.

 

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