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UBEC sets aside N2.7B for further improvement in Universal Basic Education

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UBEC sets aside N2.7B for further improvement in Universal Basic Education

By John Akubo

The Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) has approved the sum of N2, 768, 908, 275. 44 to bring about further improvement of Universal basic education through grassroots participation, support and the eventual ownership of basic education by the communities.

The executive secretary of the commission Dr. Hamid Bobboyi stated this at the ocasion of a master trainers workshop on the implementation of School-Based Management Committee – School Improvement Programs (SBMC- SIP) Holding at Idrinana Hotel , Lokoja Kogi State Monday.
Speaking through, his director social mobilization Alhaji Bello Kagara, he explained that for the current fiscal year 2, 505 communities will get support under the commission’s three projects categories (macro, micro and special cases) with a total classroom output of 5, 010 at an average of two classrooms per project.
“The breakdown of this output by our plan is: 555 projects with 1110 classrooms for macro projects; 1850 projects with 3700 classrooms for.micro projects and 200 classrooms for special cases.
It is in the effort to enable the master trainers discharge these roles efficiently the commission set aside some of the State support funds under the program.
“In addition the guidelines for accessing, disbursing and utilizing the FGN-UBE intervention fundhas been revised in favor of SBMC and other result oriented intervention in basic education delivery.”
These he said include: setting aside 40% of the 14% FGN-UBE imbalance fund for the SBMC-SIP, with 5% of the 14% allocated to support SBMC capacity training, monitoring and.mentoring activities.
According to him,
“The money being pumped into basic education is to rejuvenate the public school system.”
He said a lot is being done across the key variables that attract quality education; such as teachers professional development, provision of instructural materials and a lot of activities.
According to him, if what the commission is planning recieve the required attention and the right delivery process within the shortest possibke time and even currently the rush for private school would become a thing of the past.

He observed that there have been some reversals in some States in terms of migration of pupils to private schools.
He added that obviously public school education system is preferable to private school education system.
“On the average when it comes to welfare, an average public school teacher is more motivated welfare-wise than his counterparts in private schools.
“Even in terms of salary an average public school teacher would have his salary paid as at when due and at a higher remuneration than a private school teacher.
In terms of instructural materials today he indicated that UBEC has been procuring text books and other instruction materials at a ratio of 1:1 saying that he doubt if that is availlable in private schools.
Bobboyi explained that the training session has been designed to acquaint the master trainers with the concept, project types, eligible activities, funding arrangements, implementation strategies etc of the SBMC-SIP.
According to him, “The evolvement of the SBMC-SIP, its projects and support services, is the result of the review of the tremendous success recorded by SBMC and community self help projects.
“It is aimed at promoting grassroots connectivity and developing basic education delivery at cost effective manner.”
He said the two programes were implemented under the World Bank Support Primary Education Project II (PEP II) which was later sustained by the commission before they were abandoned in 2011.
The executive secretary observed that tge view point that the overall success of basic education in Nigeria depends larhlgely on community awareness, participation and support to the program reinforced the need for instituting SBMC-SIP.
He said, “The vision of the commission in SBMC-SIP was therefore to put up a strategy for school development whereby community self help initiated projects would be implemented by the SBMCs.
“Thus since SBMCs have been recognised globally as school development agents, the Approach will also have the advatage of increasing the functionality of the SBMCs.
Bobboyi explained further that it would be a vehicle for facilitating grassroots advocacy, sensitization and mobikisation in Cavour of school development, enrolment and retention of all categories of children in schools.
He said the SBMC-SIP concept, the program, its implementation strategy and funding arrangement have since been approved by UBEC governing Board.
Hence according to him, the Master Trainer Workshop is one of the key pre-SBMC-SIP take-off activities approved by the board.
He said, the UBE program is stakeholder-based adding that for it to succed it must be driven by stakeholders and the master strategy required for its success is an effective social mobilization process.
However he observed that the necessary ingredients and strategies for effective social mobilization for basic education delivery are grossly lacking at the State, local Government and community levels.
“Thus, situating tge SBMC-SIP in the departmentbif social mobilization and your invitation to this workshop are deliberate attempts to strengthen your roles as chief mobilization officers for basic education”
According to him after receiving the training they would be required to, along with UBEac staff and the consultabts, step down the training at state levels for SBMCs and local Government authority officials as well as NGOs and CBOs.
He commended UNICEF for its financial support and unwavering readiness to support basic education at all times.
Participants were drawn for state mobilization officers in the 36 States of the Federation including FCT

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ASUU dares Buhari, insists on UTAS not IPPS

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***Tackles presidency on lipservice to Local Content


of Universities (ASUU) yesterday insisted it will not be cowed by President Muhammadu Buhari’s threats on Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System(IPPIS) as they insisted on on their home grown templateUniversity Transparency and Accountability solution (UTAS)
President Muhammadu Buhari had, during budget presentation last Thursday, said only Federal staff that have been captured on the IPPIS platform will receive salaries. It would also be recalled that ASUU had presented UTAS to the Government five years ago for which it agreed to partner by bringing on board three persons only to backpeddal at the last minute.However, President of ASSU, Professor Biodun Ogunyemi while speaking to newsmen said they are not going back on their stand about UTAS which he said the Senate President has appreciated.”We have never shifted from that position, We believe that they are going to create the platform for presenting UTAS to other stakeholdersOn whether they will go back to classroom why the negotiation continues he asked rhetorically what they are taking back to the classroom?According to him, “UTAS is home grown while IPPIS is foreign, we are talking about local content. “We have shown that we are inventors, we are.creators of software and we are also capable of doing what our colleagues are doing in other parts of the world so Nigerian scholars are not inferior why should we be patronising foreigners for what we can do in Nigeria?”

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Kogi to overhaul, reposition education sector with relevant laws – Commissioner

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Kogi to overhaul, reposition education sector with relevant laws – Commissioner


By Friday Idachaba

Kogi State Commissioner for Education, Mr Wemi Jones has said that the state Education sector would soon be overhauled and repositioned for better service delivery with the Education sector law in place.

Jones disclosed this during the celebration of the “2020 World Teachers’ Day” organised by the Academic Staff Union of Secondary Schools (ASUSS) Nigeria on Monday in Lokoja.

He said that for the education sector to witness the required turnaround, a functional law must be in place to provide legal backing for the reforms to take shape, resuscitate and revitalise the sector.

The Commissioner said the State Education bill was recently passed by the state House of Assembly adding that what remained now was for the governor to append his signature and make it a law.

He said that in a society where there was no law there won’t be offence, adding, “We are starting the Education reform in Kogi State by getting our laws together.

“We are in the process of embarking on monumental and fundamental reforms in Kogi State” he said, adding that the administration of Gov. Yahaya Bello would turn the challenges in the education sector into opportunities.

Jones said, “No nation can grow beyond the quality of its teachers. Kogi has quality teachers and we are not going to allow those qualities to rust. We are aware of the negative consequences on education if the teacher is not well motivated”, he said.

Ranti Ojo, State chairman of the Union speaking earlier, decried the acute shortage of teachers in Secondary schools in the state and appealed to the State Government to quickly avert possible collapse of the system.

He described the teacher situation in the secondary schools as abysmal adding that the situation had attained a pandemic status as a result of the fallouts of the screening exercise in which many were compulsorily retired.

The union leader drew the attention of the state government to the deplorable condition of most of schools in the state saying that over 90 per cent of secondary schools in the state suffered infrastructures dilapidation, lack of laboratories while the libraries existed without books.

“We are renewing our call on government to, as a matter of urgency declare a state of emergency in secondary education in the state to steer it away from the precipice where it is now heading”, he said.

Meanwhile the Gov. Yahaya Bello has congratulated teachers in the state on the occasion of this year’s World Teachers’ Day, restating his administration’s unflinching commitment to their improved welfare and well-being.

Bello who disclosed this in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Onogwu Mohammed commended teachers for the critical role they play in moulding and building the society through their quality teachings.

According to him, teachers remain the father of all other professions as nobody could attain any height in his or her professional calling without first of all being taught by a teacher.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the highlight of the occasion was the presentation of a paper on “The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership” by a Leadership expert, Joshua Olorunfemi. (NAN)

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See why Gov Bello says he is committed to improving schools infrastructure in Kogi

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See why Gov Bello says he is committed to improving schools infrastructure in Kogi

That teaching profession remains the father of all other professions is not contestable as nobody could attain any height in his or her professional calling without first of all being taught by a teacher.
This was how Governor Yahaya Bello rates teachers when he restated his administration’s unflinching commitment to their improved welfare and well-being.
The occasion was the 2020 World’s Teachers Day when Bello congratulated teachers in the state.
This was contained in Statement issued on Monday by his Chief Press Secretary, Onogwu Mohammed.
In the State Governor Bello extolled teachers for the critical role they play in moulding and building the society through their quality teachings.
He said,
“Unarguably, teachers are the fathers of all professions! For anyone to be able to read and write, he or she must have been taught by a teacher or many teachers.

“The teaching profession is what gives birth to other professions and professionals.

“No one becomes a lawyer, doctor, engineer, nurse, pilot, architect, builder, journalist, pharmacist etc without a teacher.

“It therefore means that teachers occupy prominent position in the society and as a government, we ever remain committed to improving on the welfare and well-being of this category of workers to enable them give their best.

“Besides our commitment to improving the welfare of teachers, we are also committed to giving face lifts to our educational infrastructures across the state to engender conducive teaching and learning atmosphere for our teeming teachers and students.

“Once again, I congratulate all our teachers for their dedication and commitment to duties”, he said.

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