Written by Godfrey AKON

UBEC develops new strategy for North East

A new educational strategy has been developed by the Universal Basic Education Commission, UBEC, to address the needs of school-age children in the North East and other disaster areas.

Executive Secretary of UBEC, Dr. Dikko Suleiman disclosed this in Abuja at the 14th Quarterly Meeting of the Commission’s Management with Executive Chairmen of State Universal Basic Education Boards, SUBEBs.

Dikko, who noted the drawback suffered by basic education in the wake of insurgency in the North East which has led to the closure of some schools, expressed satisfaction over the gradual return of peace in the area.

According to him, industrial harmony is being established in the states and proactive steps taken to mitigate the effect of natural disasters, even as stability is also being achieved in the running of schools in the area.

He stressed the need for children of school age to be enrolled into the school system as well as address the problem of existing unqualified teachers in the system.

Also speaking, the executive secretary of Borno State Universal Basic Education Board, Mr. Shettima Bukar said over 510 schools and 350 teachers with countless number of pupils and students yet to be accounted for.

Bukar however noted that some schools in Maiduguri, Jerre, Bayo, Biu and some other areas, schools were functioning and textbooks were being distributed to them.

He said the state government was aggressively pursuing the reconstruction of schools in the state, adding that apart from the state government they were yet to receive support from anywhere.

In his remarks, the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu represented by the Director of Basic and Secondary Education, Mrs. Augusta Okonkwo called for a synergy of efforts to address the challenges hampering the delivery of quality basic education in the country.

Adamu implore the participants to work in harmony with the goals of the present administration by ensuring proper planning, efficient administration and proper use of resources.

The theme of the quarterly meeting was “consolidating basic education in Nigeria: challenges and the way forward.

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