UBE delivery: UBEC decries low private sector participation
The Universal Basic Education Commission, UBEC, has decried the lack of private sector participation in the provision of free and compulsory basic education to Nigerian children.
UBEC’s Director of Social Mobilization, Alhaji Bello Kagara, gave the indication at a 2-day capacity building workshop for Education Correspondents in Abuja.
Kagara lamented that private individuals and organizations were more concerned about establishing schools for commercial purposes without giving back anything to the society.
He noted that UBEC was entertaining fears that the universal basic education funds were being reduced and could land basic education in the country in a heck.
The UBEC director also disclosed that in the fifteen years of the commission, N503, 124,325,426.01 accrued to the agency from 2 per cent of the country’s consolidated revenue fund, CRF, while lamenting the inability of some states to access N53, 215,729,429.98,representing 22.75 per cent of the total amount in UBE intervention.
He also state that “from 2005 to June 2020, the commission received the sum ofN18,660,499,215.00 as Special Education Fund which was allocated to States on equality basis.
Kagara disclosed that within the same period, the sum of N15,172,688,398.51 was disbursed to States as Special Education Fund, while the sum of N3,487,810,816.49is the total un-accessed Special Education Fund, SEF, to date.
He said the commission also received a totalsum of N80,875,223,889.05 as Teacher Professional Development Fund, TPDF, which was allocated to States on equality basis, adding that within the same period, the sum ofN48,632,392,895.86 was disbursed to states, while the sum of N32,242,830,993.19 remains un-accessed till date.
He noted that although basic education was the responsibility of states and local governments, federal government's intervention in basic education through UBEC was in line with the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and part of its commitment to international conventions regarding the provision of free, basic and compulsory education.
He said the UBEC has achieved significant success through its Model School Programme, School-Based Management Committee—School Improvement Programme, SBMC-SIP, and the Open Schooling Initiative in Nigeria.
Also speaking, the Deputy Director of and Head of Education Management Information Systems, EMIS, Mr Akpanossom Udoh, noted that there were 81,562 ECCDE, 113,450 primary and 31,017 junior secondary public and private schools in the country
Udoh noted that although there were more private schools in the southern part of the country than public schools, the population of public schools was more.
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