By Raphael Jov, Abuja
The Executive Secretary, Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) Dr. Hamid Bobboyi has said Kao State has injected a whopping sum of N6 billion to basic education sub-sector between 2018 and 2019.
The Executive Secretary made known in a speech he delivered at the on-going two- day retreat organized for Board and Management members holding in
According to the Executive Secretary, Kano State has recorded laudable achievements in the last few years and it is unprecedented in the history of the
He explained that with that huge amount, the stated recorded construction of 817 new classrooms, renovation of 685 classrooms, drilling of 100 boreholes, provision of 40,000 pupil’s and teacher’s furniture, recruitment of 8,000 volunteer
teachers for Tsangaya primary schools many others.
Dr. Bobboyi said the achievements are crowned by the establishment of free and compulsory basic education and this has help to jack –up pupil’s enrolment from 1 Million to 3.3 Million currently “the UBE Commission is delighted with
these achievements and would continue to partner with the State government through SUBEB to move basic education forward” he said.
The Executive Secretary said the retreat will provide an opportunity for the Board and Management to brainstorm, exchange ideas and strategize in moving basic education forward.
He stressed that during the retreat; they will also review the strategic priorities and propose workable changes in institutional structures to drive both Medium and long term goals of the Commission.
He said they will also re-assess the legal frame work service delivery model, share emerging developments and trends including global practices for better performance.
Commenting on Covid -19, the Executive Secretary said the pandemic serves as an eye opener to all stakeholders in basic education, adding that during the
peak of the scourge, teaching and learning in public schools was grounded to a halt and over forty-two (42) Million children in public schools were sent home
abruptly for a whole academic session.
He said “at this retreat, members will have the opportunity to discuss affective ways and means of strengthening the capacity of UBEC, SUBEB and their critical stakeholders in handling similar situation in future and map out strategies for quick response and remediation”.
Earlier, the governor of Kano State Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje (OFR) who declared the retreat open said his administration is bent on transforming the Almajiri system in the State and urge all stakeholders in basic education sub- sector to invest heavily in basic education.
The retreat with the theme “Enhancing Basic Education in Nigeria toward a Robust Institutional Strengthening and effective stakeholder Engagement” will also feature presentation from various experts from UNICEF, DFID and the World Bank.