By Usman Aliyu
Dr Joan Osa Oviawe, chairman of the Edo Universal Basic Education Council (SUBEB), says the state has spent more than 6 billion naira on providing infrastructure for its public primary schools over the years. last three years.
Osa-Oviawe did on Tuesday in an interactive session with journalists as part of the activities marking the third anniversary of the launch of the Edo Basic Education Sector Transformation (EdoBEST)p>
According to her, the amount includes state and counterpart funding for infrastructure, to ensure quality education.
She explained that only 186 public primary schools had not been linked to the EdoBEST program out of the 1,046 in the state.
The SUBEB president, however, noted that the remaining schools will be part of the quality basic education program before the end of 2021.
“Gov. Godwin Obaseki uses matching funding to improve basic education in the state. In terms of human and material resources, the administration of Obaseki is not quantifiable.
“We already know the cost of having each child in the classroom, including teacher training; smartphones that principals use to sync with teachers’ tablets, textbooks and other teaching materials are included.
“More than 400 schools have been built and rehabilitated while furniture has also been provided by the state government,” she said.
Osa-Oviawe explained that basic education remains free and that the government has provided educational materials since 2018.
About 3,000 graduates, she said, were going to be hired as teachers even as she hinted that more than 11,000 teachers had been trained by the Obaseki administration.
“The processes should be completed before the end of May and the newly recruited teachers will receive the necessary training to be able to provide quality education in our schools,” said the president.
Oviawe, however, revealed that with the successes recorded in EdoBEST, the program would be expanded to cover junior high schools, noting that all basic education schools received uniform instruction through a system. of course developed at the central level.
“The EdoBEST school curriculum is adapted after the national curriculum and our goal is to train our employees so that they can compete anywhere in the world.
“Over seven million textbooks, teaching materials and exams have been distributed to students,” she said. (NOPE)
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