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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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Reps seeks postponement of school resumption

By Doris Ferdinand

The Committee on Basic Education and Services, House of Representatives, on Saturday called on the Federal Government to suspend the intended school resumption by three months.

The committee, in a press release signed by it’s chairman, Professor Julius O. Ihonvbere said that the need for the postponement is to enable local and state government put things in place adequately.

The committee expressed concern on the increase rate of infected persons, decrying the rush in school resumption where proper arrangements to safeguard the children have not been made.

The committee further argued that our educational institutions are not ready to resume as many of them are yet to implement five per cent covid-19 protocols established by the Federal Ministry of Education.

The committee further challenged the Federal Ministry of Education to first, independently monitor the extent of basic compliance with established protocols in all our schools.

“We are particularly concerned that when the infection rates hovered around 500 and under, schools were closed but now that it hovers well above 1000 infections daily, schools are being reopened. Why are we rushing to reopen schools without adequate verifiable and sustainable arrangements to protect and secure our children?

“Aside Lagos and a couple of other states, Governments are unable to enforce Covid-19 protocols. People no longer wear facemasks or use sanitizers. Public enlightenment campaigns have more or less stopped. Merely saying they would adhere to the protocols is no guarantee. In the rural areas, the sitution is worse.

“Our position is that in spite of the very comprehensive protocols established by the Federal Ministry of Education, not up to 10 per cent of our educational institutions have implemented five per cent of the protocols. In most of our primary and secondary schools nationwide, adequate furniture, water and other sanitation and hygiene facilities do not exit. Many poor parents would require support with facemasks and sanitizers for their children. We have not heard of how this would be addressed.

“We doubt that teachers, instructors and school managers have been adequately trained and prepared to handle Covid-19 safety protocols. We also know that adequate funds have not been provided to schools to cope with demands that accompany the new normal.

“We would like to challenge the Federal Ministry of Education to first, independently monitor the extent of basic compliance with established protocols in all our schools and not just take words of state and local authorities as given. The lives of our children are worth much more than the interests and comfort of any politician or bureaucrat. It is only after a minimum 75% nationwide compliance that we can seriously talk about reopening schools.

“Given that in primary and secondary schools in particular, there are no facilities for effectice social distancing in the classrooms, part of the compliance requirements must be the introduction of morning and afternoon batches into the schools when they reopen to reduce overcrowding.

“Special cleaning crews with sufficient sanitizers must be deployed to the classrooms before and after each stream. Hand washing before entering the classroom and use of sanitizer once seated must be made mandatory.

“The school feeding programme should be suspended and converted to sealable snacks to be distributed once classes are over.

“As a government that has committed to protecting the interests of the Nigerian people, it would be wrong to allow unprepared state governments, of which many did not take the pandemic too seriously anyway, to hoodwink or pressure it into this reopening game.

“The Committee believes that if these and other critical steps are not taken, there should be a postponement by three months to enable the local and state governments put things in place adequately. A word, they say, is enough for the wise.”

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Education Learning Centre: State of Qatar Donates $50,000, Partners Refugee Commission

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Education Learning Centre: State of Qatar Donates $50,000, Partners Refugee Commission

The State of Qatar through the Ambassador of the State of Qatar in Nigeria, AbdulAziz Mubarak AlMuhannadi has donated the sum of $50, 000 for the construction of an education learning Centre at Wassa IDPs Camp in Abuja.

The donation was made when the Honourable Federal Commissioner, National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons (NCFRMI), Senator Basheer Garba Mohammed (Lado) paid a visit to the Qatar Embassy in Abuja, Tuesday.

According to the Ambassador, the State of Qatar will continue to support the Refugee Commission in all of its endevours towards giving succour to the displaced persons as well as making them self-reliant and bringing back their lives of dignity.

“We will partner with the Commission be it in areas of resettling displaced persons, education learning centres, making them self-reliant or giving them back their lives of dignity”, AlMuhannadi added.

On his part, the Honourable Federal Commissioner, Senator Basheer Garba Mohammed said, it is an honour to receive the gracious and generous donation of $50,000 for the education learning centre.

He pledged that the Commission will ensure the transparent expenditure of these funds to set up a learning centre at Wassa IDPs Camp in the FCT.

“The learning centre will provide a comprehensive learning programme including numeracy, literacy as well as vocational and life skills training to displaced children, adolescents and young people. The centre will also be used to provide an integrated health education and psychosocial support service”.

He further thanked the State of Qatar and the Embassy for their continuous interest and support in the work that the Commission does and for the pledge by Qatar to support the construction of housing units across the four states of Katsina, Zamfara, Borno and Cross River under the Commission’s Resettlement Cities Project.

It would be recalled that, the Commission got the allocation of 50 hectares of land in these states for the project intended for the construction of 600 housing units of two-bedrooms in each city, primary health care and education centres, security outposts, worship houses, skill acquisition centres, markets and adjoining farmlands for use by the recipients.

“The Embassy and People of Qatar espouse the Islamic principles of charity – reflected in their immeasurable humanitarian support to the poor, down trodden and most vulnerable in Nigeria and around the world”.

“I hope that this is the beginning of a most fruitful and beneficial partnership between the Embassy and People of Qatar and the National commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons”, he concluded.

Also at the visit wasu the deputy director, IDPs of the Commission, Hajiya Fatima Mamman Daura.

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Commencement date for sales of application documents for 2020 UTME not yet determined, says JAMB

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Commencement date for sales of application documents for 2020 UTME not yet determined, says JAMB


Date for the commencement of sales of the application form for 2021 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) is yet to be determined, the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), has indicated.
The board’s Head, Media and Information, Dr Fabian Benjamin made the disclosure against the background of reports that the board had already commenced the sales of forms for 2021 application.
H said that the board had since distanced itself from such report.
According to him, the report is totally false, misleading and malicious.

”The board’s attention has been drawn to some fictitious advertisement for the sales of the 2021 UTME/Direct Entry (DE) application documents purportedly coming from the board.

”This is totally false, and an attempt to mislead the public as the board has not rolled out its 2021 application documents.


”We have clearly defined channels of communication and as soon as we commence the process, the public will be duly informed via the necessary media platforms.

”The board, therefore, want to urge members of the general public not to be hoodwinked into falling prey to the antics of these persons, who derive pleasure in causing confusion.

”We all know the global disruptions caused by the Coronavirus (COVID-19), to education and other sectors of the economy, hence the delay in the commencement of the process as was obtained in previous years,” he said.

Benjamin, however, urged members of the public to always cross-check with the board through its online platforms for authentic information.























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