Oyo Ready To Inject Counterpart Funding Into UBEC/SUBEB Projects

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The Oyo State Government has expressed its readiness to commit huge finances into the 2018 intervention projects to be embarked on by the Federal Government/ Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) and the Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB).

This was disclosed by the Executive Chairman, Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board, Dr. Nureni Adeniran while inspecting some school projects financed by UBEC and SUBEB within Ibadan metropolis and Oyo town.

The Chairman expressed the State Government’s readiness to partner with Federal Government on the provision of basic facilities to Primary and Junior Secondary Schools, asserting that 54 model schools would be ready for commissioning soon.

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“Oyo State will be financially committed to the Federal Government-UBEC/SUBEB intervention projects within the State and we will not leave any stone unturned in the transformation of the education sector in the State.

“These laudable projects, if thoroughly maintained and put in good use will go a long way to advance effective teaching and learning system and give the desired effects in the output of good performance in external examinations as well as competitive academic environments in our schools.

“Again, I assure you of the readiness of this administration to play our own part in fulfilling the payment of counterpart funds towards UBEC/SUBEB funded projects,” he assured.

He also expressed the Government’s resolve to provide a solid foundation for the enhancement of education in the State, reiterating that it was considered as one of the major highlights in Governor Seyi Makinde’s administration.

Dr. Adeniran, who expressed satisfaction at the compliance of some contractors on site, promised them quick access to funds, for speedy completion of the projects.

He expressed Government’s proactiveness about Education, noting that proper attention to the sector will forestall any bleak future for the coming generation.

“We are a proactive government. We see education as an integral foundation upon which our future would be built, so we are making this foundation solid through the provision of a conducive environment for these children,” he said.

While responding to some teachers, who sang the Governor’s praises for offsetting their salary arrears, Dr. Adeniran appealed to teachers in the State to give their best in the training of the pupils in their care.

Harping on Governor Seyi Makinde’s resolve not to owe any worker, the Chairman promised that Governor Seyi Makinde’s aspiration was to improve on what he met on ground, in the State.

The Chairman led a team from the Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board to 25 public primary and Junior Secondary schools within Ibadan and Oyo town.

Benue Govt. Condemns Poor Learning Environment For Students

Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom on insecurityThe Benue State Government has described the academic environment where some primary and secondary school students take classes under trees as shameful.

The Executive Chairman of the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) in company of the Universal Basic Education Commission, Mr Philip Tachin, disclosed made the comment during an inspection of the 7.6 Billion naira SUBEB model schools in Guma and other parts of the state.

The inspection visit to the project sites became necessary, following allegations from some contractors that, seven billion Naira had been diverted from the total 7.6  billion naira project cost.

The Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Terver Akase, has however, described the allegation of financial mismanagement as false.

Meanwhile, primary and junior secondary school students have had to gather under huge trees at the Gbajimba LGEA Model School to receive classes as most of their buildings became inhabitable due to years of neglect and herdsmen destruction.

As the reconstruction project continues, the state government officials expressed satisfaction with the pace of work as they eagerly await the return of the students to good learning environment.

The host community also commended the state government for rebuilding their school which was burnt down by herdsmen in 2014.

Nigeria Commits To Reducing Number Of Out-Of-School Children

Nigeria On Out Of School ChildrenThe Federal Government says Nigeria is committed to reducing the number of out of school children by the year 2030.

The declaration follows prediction by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) that Nigeria may not achieve the Sustainable Development Goal for education by 2030.

This was revealed in a report launched on Monday in Abuja by the Minister of Education, Mr Adamu Adamu, at a gathering of experts, government officials and other key players in the education sector.

The Global Education Monitoring Report for 2016, prepared by UNESCO, stated that Nigeria might not achieve universal primary education until 2070.

The report examined how countries would achieve the target and also checked the present status of countries on education globally and where they would be by 2030.

The Director at UNESCO’s Abuja Regional Office, Benoit Sossou, called for increased access to quality basic education as a way of addressing the problem.

Mr Adamu, however, reaffirmed that the Federal Government was committed to ensuring Nigeria meets the 2030 target by reducing the number of out of school children.

On his part, the Minister of State for Education, Professor Anthony Anwukiah, also insisted that the 2030 education agenda is achievable with the concerted efforts of all Nigerians.

The Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) had in August expressed worry over the number of out of school children in Nigeria.

The Executive Secretary of UBEC, Dr. Hamid Bobboyi, raised the concern at a meeting with Heads of State Universal Basic Commissions across the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory.

He said that increasing the number of children in schools was a priority for the Federal Government, stressing that there was no justification for any child not to be enrolled into the basic education scheme.

UBEC Boss Decries Number Of Out Of School Children

UBEC Decries Number Of Out Of School ChildrenThe Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) has expressed worry over the number of out of school children in Nigeria.

The Executive Secretary of UBEC, Dr. Hamid Bobboyi, raised the concern on Wednesday at a meeting with Heads of State Universal Basic Commissions across the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory.

He stressed that increasing the number of children in schools was a priority for the Federal Government.

Dr. Bobboyi stated that there was no justification for any child not to be enrolled into Nigeria’s basic education scheme.

He called on state governments to bridge the gap by ensuring the enrollment of children, adding that the basic education funds must be used judiciously.

FG To Recruit 500,000 Teachers Into Basic Education Sector

Adamu Adamu, Education, TeachersThe Federal Government has restated its commitment to revamping Nigeria’s education sector through the recruitment of 500,000 teachers into the basic education sector across the country.

The Minister of Education, Mr Adamu Adamu, made the disclosure at the launch of the 2015 teacher development training programme in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

He said that the Federal Government places a high premium on the training of teachers and education managers at the basic level.

The Minister decried the inability of some state governments and State Universal Basic Education Boards (SUBEBs) to promptly access matching grants and other non-conditional grants from the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC).

He also expressed worry at the huge gap between the number of teachers required and the current number available in the basic education sector.

The Minister stated that the total number of teachers needed to strengthen the basic education sector was 1.3 million in six years.

He expressed hope that the teachers’ recruitment would no doubt fast-track the revamping process, especially with the cooperation of state universal education boards.

In their remarks, Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha and the President of The Albino Foundation, Mr Jake Epelle, called for the continuous training of teachers.

An education specialist from the World Bank, Mr Afebayo Solomon, pledged support for the development of basic education in Nigeria.

The Executive Secretary of UBEC, Dr. Dikko Suleiman, on his part, highlighted government’s efforts in revamping the education sector.

FG Commences Model School Project In Edo

Edo-School-Project The Federal Government has commenced the construction of a model secondary school in Edo State in south-south Nigeria.

This was disclosed by the lawmaker representing Oredo Federal Constituency of the state, Ogbeide-Ihama Omoregie, who is the facilitator of the project.

He said that the development was part of efforts to ensure the delivery of quality education to rural areas, adding that the project was aimed at attracting development to the people of Edo State.

According to the legislator, the Junior Girls Model Secondary School in Okhuoromi community, which is located in Iyekeogba village of Oredo Local Government Area, was at 70 per cent completion.

In their reactions, the Head of Okhuoromi community, John Edosonmwan, and the spokesman of the community, Lucky Osadiaye, expressed gratitude for the initiative.

The secondary school being built by the Universal Basic Education Commission, is expected to be completed within the next two months.

Reps Ask Executive To Remit Statutory Allocations To UBEC

UBECNigeria’s House of Representatives has urged the executive to remit the statutory allocations for the first four months of 2015 to the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) without delay.

The lawmakers asked the executive to remit the allocation in a bid to arrest the continuing decay in the educational sector.

Considering a motion on the matter on Wednesday, lawmakers expressed their concern that the policy, which was introduced to provide free and basic education for the Nigerian child, had been hindered as some states had failed to claim their grants.

The House of Representatives also urged defaulting state governments, to contribute their counterpart funds so that they can access the UBEC funds and make education accessible to the Nigerian child.

FG Develops Guideline On Education Quality Assurance Policy

asupThe Federal Government of Nigeria has commenced the process of developing Guidelines on National Education Quality Assurance Policy to further strengthen quality education delivery.

To come up with a robust policy, the Department of Education Quality Assurance Services, Federal Ministry of Education in collaboration with Education Sector Support Programme in Nigeria (ESSPIN) and the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) assembled stakeholders for a Workshop at Nasarawa State on Wednesday.

The Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Education, Dr Folasade Yemi- Esan, in a speech told the gathering that the present outcome in terms of learner’s performance as evidenced by public examination results below tertiary level still leaves much to be desired.

He said it did not justify government’s huge investment in education.

“There is therefore no better time than now, for all stakeholders to come together for the production of implementation guidelines on the National Education Quality Assurance policy (NEQAP).

“It will ensure a unified and informed approach to Education Quality Assurance practices,” she said.

The Permanent Secretary, represented by the Director of Tertiary Education Department, Mrs Hindatu Abdullahi, stated that the 60th National Council on Education, held at Abeokuta in 2014, had approved the development of the policy implementation guidelines.

She commended the commitment of the Federal Government to education delivery, as demonstrated in the 2016 Budget and the plan to recruit and train about 500,000 teachers for the basic education level as well as the proposed school feeding programme.

Dr. Yemi-Esan acknowledged the challenges being faced by the FEQAS zonal and state offices and pledged to address them in due course.

She also commended international partners for their supportive roles in the education sector.

Earlier in a welcome address, the Director of Education Quality Assurance Services, Mrs Fatima Ahmed, said that the workshop was a follow up to the adoption of Quality Assurance approach to inspections and subsequent production of the Quality Assurance policy.

She explained that the Implementation Guideline being developed would provide clear direction for Inspectors to operationalise the policy.

Earlier on Monday, the Nigerian Union of Teachers called on the Federal Government to recruit only qualified candidates in the 500,000 teachers it promised to employ this year.

The appealed was made on Wednesday by the NUT President, Mr Michael Olukoya, at a meeting of the union in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory.

Imo Launches Teachers’ Professional Development Programme

Imo Launches Teachers' Professional Development ProgrammeThe Imo State government has launched a teachers’ professional development programme aimed at retraining teachers and keeping them abreast of current ways of performing their duties.

The development is in line with the State government’s determination to raise the standard of education and enhance effective teaching and learning in schools.

The event was flagged-off on Sunday at the Nicks Banquet Hall in the Government House in Owerri, the Imo State’s capital in south-west Nigeria.

Speaking on behalf of the Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, his wife, Mrs Nkechinyere Okorocha, said the programme was organised by the State government under the Imo State Universal Basic Education Board (IMSUBEB), in collaboration with the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC).

Mrs Okorocha explained that the training was invented to demonstrate the love the Okorocha-led administration had for education, stressing that it was evident in provision of quality free education programme going on from primary school to tertiary institution in the state.

She also advised teachers in the state to take advantage of the training to develop themselves in order to compete with their counterparts around the world.

Emphasising further on the training, the Executive Chairman of IMSUBEB, Getrude Oduka, explained that the teachers would be privileged to attend special courses at the Imo State University, Alvan Ikoku University of Education and Imo State College of Advanced Professional Studies.

Similarly, the South-East Zonal Coordinator of UBEC, Sylvester Eyinnaya, expressed optimism that the training would enhance effectiveness and solve some major problems encountered by the teachers in major subjects like English, Mathematics, Science and Technology amongst others.

A total of 1,500 school teachers are expected to have been trained across the state at the end of the programme.

While commending the State government for the gesture, the Speaker of the Imo State House of Assembly, Honourable Iheanacho Ihim, said the programme would go a long way to get the teachers updated in their activities.

In another development, Mrs Okorocha presented over 50 wheelchairs to some physically challenged pupils to aid their movement.


Anambra Primary Schools Get 5 Billion Naira For Facility Upgrade

The Anambra State Government has released another 5billion Naira for continued rehabilitation of both public and mission schools in the state.

This comes one week after the presentation of 5billion Naira Conditional Grant Scheme for accelerated execution of projects in various Local Government Areas of the state, towards the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals.

In a ceremony at the Women Development Center, Awka, the State Governor, Mr. Peter Obi, who presented the cheque alongside the Executive Secretary of the Universal Basic Education Commission, Dr. Suleman Dikko, announced that his administration though gradually coming to an end, would ensure total transformation of the education sector in the state.

When in 2011, Anambra State Governor handed over schools previously owned by missions back to them; he resolved to provide continued financial resources to assist in the renovation and reconstruction of the dilapidated buildings in those schools.

According to the Commissioner for Education, Dr. Uju Okeke, the Governor further embarked on procurement of school buses, laptops and instructional materials, and presently, over 250,000 laptops and over 400 buses have been distributed to schools. All those the commissioner said were geared towards producing high quality brains and better leaders of tomorrow.

While the Executive Secretary of UBEC, Dr. Suleman Dikko, maintained that the educational policy of Anambra State was one to be copied because of its direct impact, the Country Director of United Nations International Children’s Education Fund, UNICEF, Charles Nzuki, urged all to invest in education.

While over 1.6billion Naira went to the Catholic mission primary schools, over 1.1billion Naira went to the Anglican; another 2.3billion Naira went to the public schools, the State Governor, before the disbursement of the cheques, said that he was not yet done with the educational transformation of the state.

UNICEF has selected Anambra State out of the states in the South East of Nigeria for Private Public Partnership, PPP, which will be launched in March 2014.

Education parastatals sign performance contract with minister

The Minister of Education, Professor Ruqayyatu Rufai has signed a performance contract with the heads of parastatals and directors in the ministry to reinforce the president’s call for accountability and efficiency in the civil service.

The minister, who signed the agreement in Abuja, said the contract mandates all agencies and directors, as well as the 17 parastatals in the ministry to achieve set out targets within three months.

The formal signing ceremony comes only two weeks after the federal government came under heavy criticisms from various stakeholders over poor the implementation of the 2012 budget.

Rufai warned that any official of the ministry who performed below expectations will be sanctioned.

Minister of State for Education, Barr. Ezenwo Wike warned officials of the ministry that they are ready to make good the promise to either sanction or reward the parastatals.

The minister assured that this adopted process would guarantee a boost in the nation’s education sector through proper monitoring. 15 of the 17 parastatals under the ministry have signed performance contracts with the minister of education.

The heads of parastatals include executive secretaries of the Universal Basic Education Commission, the National Universities Commission and the Tertiary Education Trust Fund, among others.

it will be recalled that President Goodluck Jonathan signed a contract agreement with members of his cabinet two weeks ago.