The Oyo State Government says it has paid over N1 billion as matching grant to the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) as its 2019 counterpart fund.
Dr Nureni Adeniran, Executive Chairman, State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), stated this in Ibadan on Sunday while reviewing the activities of the board in 2019.
“For 2019, the state government, under the leadership of Gov. Seyi Makinde, has already given out the money for the matching grant, that is, the counterpart funding.
“The 2018 intervention projects were what we met on ground; our memo is still at the due process office; they will soon be returned and the contracts will be awarded.
“We will monitor the contractors to ensure that they complete the task in record time.
“We have done a lot; we have inaugurated projects in some schools within the 100 days in office of the present administration.
“We have also toured all the 33 local government areas to inspect our school projects and ensure that they are given speedy completion.
Adeniran also said that quality assurance had been improved in public primary schools through regular visits to them to ensure that teaching and learning process was strictly followed.
“The missing link in our educational system in the state, which is monitoring and supervision, has been reintroduced, as we now follow up with whatever we do now.
“Some other projects are under construction and recently, we opened bid for the renovation and/or construction of schools, boreholes and other facilities; all these were duly advertised,” he said.
The SUBEB boss further said the 2019 intervention projects would commence early 2020.
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The Chairman of the Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT) Plateau chapter, Ayuba Barau, has called for improvement in the supply of instructional materials to public primary schools in the state.
Barau made the call in an interview with Nigeria News Agency in Jos on Tuesday.
He said the world had gone past the analogue stage and that there was an urgent need to adopt modern trends in teaching children, hence the need for more instructional materials to facilitate that.
“In instructional materials, we have what we call ‘The hands and the mind own’, where the teacher will guide the child as he or she manipulates the materials.
” As the child does that, knowledge becomes more permanent because the process enhances participation and retentive memory,” he said.
The chairman, however, commended the Federal Government and other donors for the availability of textbooks in public schools through their intervention programmes.
He said the gesture would aid learning processes and improve the standards of education in Plateau.
NAN reports that the State Government, had through the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), recently distributed 16,818 educational books and learning charts to schools across its 17 local government areas.
The books were donated by a Non-Governmental Organisation, Learn Africa.
Edited by: Moses Solanke and Abdullahi Yusuf