UBEC, SUBEBS strategize on textbook supply to schools
The Universal Basic Education Commission, UBEC, in partnership with State Universal Basic Education Boards, SUBEBs, are strategizing to improve supply of instructional materials to primary and junior secondary schools across the country.
A statement by the commission said the Federal Government through UBEC seeks to attain a 1:1 pupil/textbook ratio in all public schools within the shortest possible time.
The distribution of instructional materials by UBEC commenced the provision and distribution of instructional materials through various mechanisms to end users at the school level since 2009.
“The Universal Basic Education, UBE. Act, 2004 mandates UBEC to provide free instructional materials to learners in the basic education sub-sector. In executing this mandate UBEC utilizes the approved 15% of the 2% of the UBE intervention funds in providing diverse instructional materials to public schools.
“Government’s emphasis on improved instructional materials provision to learners is in recognition of the fact that the availability and effective utilization of instructional materials in schools enhances quality teaching and learning and leads finally to improved learning outcomes,” the commission said.
The Core subjects to be distributed include: Mathematics, Basic Science, English Language, Social Studies, Library Resource and Early Childhood Development (ECD) materials and teaching aids are among the prime considerations in the instructional materials intervention.
It would be recalled that the UBEC/SUBEB partnership under this component of the UBE programme implementation has led to the supply of over 120,622,776 textbooks, library resources, ECD materials and teaching aides to public schools nationwide as at 2016.
Executive Secretary of UBEC, Dr. Hamid Bobboyi, who spoke a 2-Day strategic meeting in Kaduna, harped on the need for proper planning and improved synergy among stakeholders.
Represented by the Director Academic Services in UBEC, Mallam Wadatau Madawaki, Bobboyyi said planning, improved synergy would improve the modalities of instructional materials provision, availability and utilization in schools.