Written by Godfrey AKON

We’re re-strategizing basic education in North East- UBEC

The Universal Basic Education Commission, UBEC, says it is adopting new strategies on the delivery of basic education in Nigeria’s North East.

The commission said instead of constructing big structures, it is now consulting with the Alarammas to identify their essential needs in order for them to accept the introduction of basic education subjects.

Executive Secretary of UBEC, Dr. Hamid Bobboyi, who disclosed this recently when he received a high powered committee on reform of Tsangaya system of education from Borno state, said the Alarammas are also enjoined to sustain the IQTE programme and facilitate ownership by the benefitting community.

According to Bobboyi, other strategies include the establishment of a 6-member state implementation team, majority of whom are SUBEB appointees, to among others, assist in the planning and implementation of all projects to be carried out in the state.

“There is also infrastructural development which includes: construction of 2 or 4 classroom and hostel, supply of vocational equipment, toilets and water, teaching of Basic Education in IQTE school, the Basic Education teachers are to be deployed by SUBEB.

“Others include addressing the feeding problems of Almajirai which we hope the states will do a lot to help and distribution of textbooks to IQTE schools,” he said.

He said presently UBEC in collaboration with Borno SUBEB has identified 25 number of Tsanga yal Almajiri centers in Borno state to be supplied with financial grants to improve their infrastructures.

“We believe that Borno state can do other things to support the IQTE schools in the state, after all the 1999 constitution as amended saddled the state and local government are with the responsibility of providing a year basic education,” he said.

Bobboyi noted that although the state is passing through very challenging time there are some measures to be taken that will only address the problem of out –of-school-children but even go a long way to engender peace in the state.



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