Some stakeholders in the education sector in the North-East have identified poor school infrastructure as the major bane militating against delivery of quality education at basic level in the region.
They also enumerated lack of good remuneration of teachers as factor behind poor academic performances.
They stakeholders including educationalists, parents and civil society activists spoke while responding to a survey by the News Agency of Nigeria in Bauchi, Damaturu, Maiduguri and Gombe.
Mr Mohammed Yunusa, an educationists in Damaturu dismmsed the state of public primary schools in the state as ‘pathetic’.
He said most of the schools, especially those in the rural areas lack good infrastructure, teaching and instructional materials.
He said the classrooms has been crowded, a situation which forced pupils to take lesson under tree shades.
“In one of the school with over 2,000 registered pupils, its condition is terrible.
“The school needs urgent intervention to upgrade existing structures and construct new ones to accommodate the population,” he said.
Mega School YobeMalam Abdullahi Ali, a resident of Yadin-Buni in Gujba Local Government Area of Yobe, said many primary schools vandalised by Boko Haram insurgents had been rehabilitated.
He, however, said the schools had not been put to use, a trend which overstretched the few functional schools in the area.
He also decried shortage of teachers in the schools due to their locations and vulnerability to security threats, adding that, “teachers decline posting to such vulnerable schools for fear of the insurgents”.
Malam Abdul-Rahman Aminu, who corroborated earlier opinion, said the problem was further compounded by lack of qualified teachers to teach in the schools.
He said teachers in such schools could not put in their best in view of the poor remuneration and working conditions.
A teacher, who pleaded anonymity decried the poor renumeration, noting that it resulted poor performances in the schools.
She said the salary of N27,000 for teachers was below the N30,000 national minimum wage, adding the take-home pay is demoralising to the teachers.
“The salary is meager and unattractive that cannot sustain the life of a teacher,” she said.
Newly constructed classroom, MaiduguriFurthermore; Mr Abdullahi Yelwa, a lecturer with the Department of Crime Management and Control (CMC), Abubakar Tatari Ali Polytechnic, Bauchi, said the remuneration of teachers at the basic level was not attractive.
According to him, poor remuneration of teachers and deplorable condition of primary schools is affecting the foundation of education in the country.
He attributed the deplorable condition of the schools to poor funding of Local Education Authorities (LEAs) by respective state governments.
“Before, primary education has been fully supported by local governments through LEAs, because the people know who to hold accountable for successes or failure of education at the grassroots.
“Presently; the local government councils are not receiving their statutory allocation in the name of Joint Account, thereby making it impossible for them to fund education at basic level.
“The establisment of the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) and State Universal Education Board (SUBEB) caused more damage than the expected positive outcome in the education sector,” he said.
The lecturer advocated for the review of UBEC programme as part of measures to reinvigorate the basic education sector.
To address the problem, the state governments in the region had initiated viable infrastructure and teacher development programmes towards raising standard in the sector.
Mega school, Gombe In Borno; the state government had executed 194 school infrastructure projects in the past three years.
According to official document, the projects include rehabilitation, completion and construction of new 21 mega primary, secondary and technical colleges across the 27 local government areas of the state.
It showed that 33 of the projects had been executed in Askira Uba; eight in Bama, six in Bayo, six in Biu, nine in Chibok, two in Damboa, two in Guzamala and eight in Gwoza.
Others were 12 school projects in Hawul; 25 in Jere, five in Kaga, 19 in Konduga, four in Kwaya Kusar, six in Mafa, one in Mobbar, 48 in Maiduguri, four in Monguno, four in Ngala and two in Gubio.
The government also distributed 221,000 assorted text books to the schools.
Also, Mohammed Jibrin, Chairman of the Nigeri Union of Teachers (NUT) in the state, commended Gov. Babagana Zulum for approving new minimum wage for teachers.
He said the gesture would motivate the teachers, adding that good remuneration was necessary in getting qualified teachers.
“The teachers are impressed as it would improve teaching and learning process in the state.
“In Borno, the government has done well in area of infrastructure, what we need now is more qualified teachers to manage our schools,” Jibrin said.
Mega school, GombeIn Gombe, the state government says it has renovated 715 basic and post schools, constructed 612 classrooms and 10 administrative blocks in 10 schools.
Mr Babaji Babadidi, Executive Chairman, Gombe State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), reiterated government commitment towards improvement of teachers’ welfare He said the board was working towards the implementation of the teacher promotion, adding that the state recorded 539,831 pupils enrollment in 12,637 schools across the state.
According to him, the government has recruited qualified teachers to address shortage of manpower in the schools.
This, he would encouraged school enrollment and reduce the number of out-of-school children in the state.
, In the same vein; Yobe government has constructed seven mega primary and secondary schools across the major towns in the state to decongest classrooms, create enabling teaching and learning environment.
The state government also constituted a technical committee on basic and secondary education to rejuvenate the sector.
For his part; Bello urged government at all levels to increase funding to the education sector to encourage infrastructure and teacher development programmes.
“The state governments should invest heavily and demonstrate interest in education because you cannot say education is compulsory at the basic level and it is not available”.
Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) has called for adequate motivation of teachers, saying they are regarded as the determining factors of every educational policies of any country.
The Policy Advisor, Civil Society Action Coalition on Education for All (CSACEFA), Mrs Odinaka Ahanonu, made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Monday in Abuja.
Ahanonu said that the motivation level of teachers all over the world had been found to be a significant factor in influencing the delivery of quality education.
She said that this invariably affected the attainment of learning outcomes in classrooms internationally.
“Teachers determine what ultimately happens to educational policies, to curriculum guidelines, the use which teaching-learning materials are put, and in fact, it determines the fate of a nation’s huge investment in education.
“The fundamental objectives and principles of state policy (Chapter two of the Nigerian Constitution , Section 16) expressly states this.
“It states that it shall be the duty and responsibility of all organs of government to ensure that the control of state economy is directed to secure the maximum welfare, freedom and happiness of every citizen on the basis of social justice, equality of status and opportunity and a reasonable minimum wage.
“This underpins Nigerian teachers long drawn demand for the implementation of the Teachers Salary Structure,” she said.
Ahanonu said that low salaries, lack of fringe benefits, poor working conditions, poor teachers’ public image, lack of job satisfaction, lack of retirement benefits, among others contribute to lack of motivation for teachers.
According to her, all these underscored the fact that no education system can rise above the quality of its teachers.
“No nation can rise above the quality of its education and the fate of this nation depends on the education of its people and hence the quality of its teachers.
“Achieving the SDG 2030 goals will depend on achieving basic education of good quality that will depend on retaining and recruiting well qualified and good remuneration for teachers,” she said.
She said of importance was also education infrastructure as an important factor in determining the quality of learning and students being churned out.
Ahanonu said that most public schools lacked basic infrastructure such as laboratory, library, classrooms, electricity and quality learning environment.
According to her, these are crucial elements of learning environments in schools and a strong evidence that high-quality infrastructure facilitates better instruction, improves student outcomes, and reduces dropout rates, among other benefits.
“Poor learning environment can be a direct barrier to attendance for some marginalised groups of children including girls and children with disabilities.
“This negative perception of the school’s social climate contributes to high absenteeism.
In turn, that contributes to low test scores and poor academic achievement.
“School buildings that are in good condition and attractive may signal to students that someone cares and there is a positive social climate, which in turn may encourage better attendance,” she said.
She noted that Nigerian education was in an emergency situation that required an urgent intervention.
She said the government both federal and state must commit at least 15 to 20 per cent of their annual budget to improve the standard of education.
“Education is a basic minimum for the development and sustenance of democracy, therefore governments’ initiatives in this sector should prioritise the needs of those who run the programme – the teachers ahead of quick win political gains.
“Government at all levels should professionalise teaching in Nigeria by ensuring the newly approved special teacher’s salary scale is fully implemented.
“States should make conscious effort to access the intervention fund from the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC),” she said.
Ahanonu advised that a monitoring team should be set up that would ensure that education fund was spent in a transparent and accountable manner.
She said this would amount to a strong coordination, communication and consultation between different government line agencies such as development partners, CSOs and the media to ensure policy coherence across all sectors.
The Buhari Media Organisation (BMO) has hailed the drop in the number of out-of-school children in Nigeria from 10.5 million to 6.9 million under President Muhammadu Buhari.
The group noted that the current figure was contrary to various figures in the media space.
The BMO said this in a statement signed by its Chairman, Mr Niyi Akinsiju, and its Secretary, Mr Cassidy Madueke, on Wednesday in Abuja.
According to the organisation, the figure recently cited by the Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, is more authentic than figures from any other source.
“In recent times, various figures have been quoted by different individuals and groups as the number of out-of-school children in the country without recourse to the actual authorities.
“What we find surprising is that many have opted to ignore data supplied by the education ministry as far back as 2020 and prefer to hold on to outdated information for whatever reason.
“We recall that at the 2020 annual ministerial press briefing of the ministry addressed by Minister Adamu Adamu in January 2021. “He was emphatic that Nigeria now has 6.9 million out of school children contrary to the previous figure of 10.5 million that was first released in 2015, but still being cited by many individuals and groups,” the BMO said.
It recalled that only recently, the minister used the occasion of another ministerial briefing to emphasise that the number had since 2020 dropped to 6.9 million.
The BMO said the minister had explained that this was as a result of some of the initiatives introduced by the Buhari administration.
It added that an initiative known as Better Education Service Delivery for All (BESDA) had been instrumental in improving enrolment in schools in many parts of the country.
It said the BESDA was the singular most important initiative by the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led administration that had helped to drastically reduce the number of out-of-school children in the country.
“This initiative, which was launched in 2018 and backed by a $611 million World Bank funding, has focused on increasing school enrolment in 17 states considered as having the highest number of out-of-school children.
“Data obtained from the education ministry shows that in one year alone, a total of 1,053,422 out of school children were enrolled in schools in the 17 beneficiary states under the BESDA programme,” the BMO said.
The organisation listed the states as Adamawa 25,714; Bauchi, 83,391; Borno, 62,336; Ebonyi, 65,471; Gombe, 52,600; Jigawa, 47,416; Kaduna, 39,091; Kano, 302,434; Katsina, 26,555; Kebbi, 25,556, and Niger.
73,568. Others were Oyo, 40,007; Rivers, 22,782; Sokoto, 71,000; Taraba, 24,246; Yobe, 72,000 and Zamfara, 19,055. “We also know that the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) has just kicked off the process of ascertaining the accurate number of out-of-school children as well as teachers in both private and public schools at basic education level across Nigeria.
“This is to enable the agency have accurate, verifiable and reliable data, especially as the last time such an head count was done was in 2018. “And we dare say, this is one of the reasons UNICEF is still holding on to an outdated figure of out-of-school children rather than the one the education ministry has released since January 2021,” the BMO said.
It stressed that the ministry of education and its agencies were better placed than any individual or group to provide the most accurate data on school enrolment in Nigeria.
The current number of out-of-school children in Nigeria is 6.9 million, contrary to the various figures bandied around in the media space.
According to the Buhari Media Organisation (BMO) in a statement signed by its Chairman Niyi Akinsiju and Secretary Cassidy Madueke, the figure recently cited by the minister of education Adamu Adamu is more authentic than figures from any other source.
“In recent times, various figures have been quoted by different individuals and groups as the number of out-of-school children in the country without a recourse to the actual authorities.
“What we find surprising is that many have opted to ignore data supplied by the education ministry as far back as 2021 and prefer instead to hold on to outdated information for whatever reason.
“We recall that at the 2020 annual ministerial press briefing of the ministry addressed by Minister Adamu Adamu in January 2021, he was emphatic that ‘Nigeria now has 6.9 million out-of-school children contrary to the previous figure of 10.5m that was first released in 2015, but is still being cited by many individuals and groups.
” And only recently, the minister used the occasion of another ministerial briefing to emphasize that the number has since 2020 dropped to 6.9m as a result of some of the initiatives introduced by the President Muhammadu Buhari administration,” it added.
The group said that an initiative known as Better Education Service Delivery for All (BESDA) has been instrumental in improving enrolment in schools in many parts of the country.
“BESDA is the singular most important initiative by the All Progressives Congress APC-led administration that has helped to drastically reduce the number of out-of-school children in the country.
“This initiative which was launched in 2018 and backed by a 611million dollars World Bank funding has focused on increasing school enrolment in 17 states which are considered as having the highest number of out-of-school children.
“Data obtained from the Education ministry show that in one year alone, a total of 1,053,422 out-of-school children were enrolled in schools in the 17 beneficiary States under the BESDA programme as follows: Adamawa, 25,714; Bauchi, 83,391; Borno, 62,336; Ebonyi, 65,471; Gombe, 52,600; Jigawa, 47,416; Kaduna, 39,091; Kano, 302434; Katsina, 26,555; Kebbi, 25,556; Niger, 73,568; Oyo, 40,007; Rivers, 22,782; Sokoto, 71,000; Taraba, 24,246; Yobe, 72,000 and Zamfara, 19,055. “We also know that the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) has just kicked off the process of ascertaining the accurate number of out-of-school children as well as teachers in both private and public schools at basic education level across Nigeria.
“This is to enable the agency have accurate, verifiable and reliable data, especially as the last time such a headcount was done was in 2018. “And we dare say, this is one of the reasons UNICEF is still holding on to an outdated figure of out-of-school children rather than the one that the education ministry has released since January 2021.” BMO added that the ministry of education and its agencies were better placed than any individual or group to provide the most accurate data on school enrolment in the country.
The Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) has partnered the Edo Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) and the National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA) to train Quality Assurance Officers (QAO).
The two-day workshop, which ended in Benin on Friday, centred on how to conduct quality assurance activities, using digital tools, in line with global best practices.
Dr Idris Jega, the Head of Division, Security Geospatial Intelligence, Department of Strategic Space Application, NASRDA, said it was imperative for quality assurance processes to be digitalised for efficient service delivery in education in Nigeria.
According to him, a country with diverse socio-cultural and environmental resources such as Nigeria, needs current, accurate, and cost-efficient data and resource management.
“The training component for this collaboration is focused on capacity building, for quality assurance officers, Edo SUBEB.
“This is to ensure development of skills and capacity in the application of space technology and GIS (Geographic Information Service) for quality assurance, as well as geospatial intelligence on the activities taking place at schools,” Jega said.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that switching to e-quality assurance, Edo SUBEB joined its counterparts in other states in carrying out quality assurance processes, as a means of improving quality education in the country.
Welcoming the participants earlier, Mrs Ozavize Salami, the Executive Chairman, Edo SUBEB, stressed the importance of the training toward upskilling QAOs to deliver on the EdoBEST 2.0, an education reform mandate in the state.
“The Quality Assurance process provides us the framework to independently and objectively assess the impact of our investments in teaching and learning, teacher professional development and school environment.
“With e-quality assurance, this very vital feedback will be available, just by the click of a button,” the SUBEB boss noted.
Mrs Beatrice Oke, Edo State UBEC coordinator, commended the state, on its migration to e-quality assurance.
Oke noted that quality assurance was the core of input processes and output.
“Incorporating ICT in our processes ensures that officers are doing the right thing at the right time.
“This will help us carry out quality assurance in a better way, keeping us at par with other states, while actively increasing the involvement of officers in the basic education ecosystem”, the UBEC coordinator noted.
The Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) has expressed satisfaction with the judicious utilisation of funds by the Kwara Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB).
The Deputy Executive Secretary (Services) of UBEC, Mr Isiaka Kolawole, stated this on Thursday in Ilorin while speaking with newsmen shortly after inspecting some schools recently constructed by SUBEB.
Kolawole said Kwara was doing well in applying the UBEC funds on schools’ infrastructure.
”The state had missed a lot with blacklist before the present administration paid the backlog of its counterpart funds.
”So, I want to urge other states to emulate Kwara’s investments in the education sector,” the UBEC boss said.
The Chairman, Kwara SUBEB, Prof. Raheem Adaramaja, said the board was elated with the positive commendation from UBEC and that it would spur it to do more for the state.
He hinted that the board would from September, begin free distribution of textbooks to pupils on English language, Mathematics, Basic Sciences and Social Studies, starting with primary four, five and six.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the UBEC team inspected Burhanudeen LGEA School Ojagboro, Government Day Secondary School Amule and UBEC Model Smart School Adeta in Ilorin West Local Government Area of the state.
The House of Representatives Committee on Basic Education says it will sanction schools, especially private ones, resisting the National Personnel Audit conducted by the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC).
The Chairman of the committee, Prof. Julius Ihonvbere, said this in Abuja on Thursday, while monitoring the 2022 National Personnel Audit.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that UBEC is currently carrying out a national personnel audit of all basic education institutions in the country.
Ihonvbere said that he would propose a law along with other colleagues to make it compulsory for every private school to make available 100 per cent of the personnel data.
“What has been lacking in this country is policy consistency, ability to align policy formulation with policy performance, funding the education sector adequately and ensuring that resources go to the right places.
“The numbers of schools have increased over time but we don’t have enough teachers.
“We are closing schools because of security.
It is not the teachers that will provide the security; it is the government.
So they need to do something about that,” he said.
The chairman said that most schools outside the capital city were lacking perimeter fencing and it was not the government’s responsibility to do that for schools.
“There are schools without water, toilets, playground for primary school pupils.
So we need to take education very seriously.
”That is if we really want to change this country, because education makes the difference in any country.
“So, when I said since 1960 the fundamentally structural challenges and contractions in Nigeria have remained constant, I know what I’m talking about.
“The private schools are taking a major risk.
Even the school where UBEC staff was arrested, I’m surprised that the board has not closed down that school,” he said.
Earlier, Alhaji Alhassan Sule the Executive Chairman, Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Universal Basic Education Board, said the availability of data would help to address some challenges facing the education sector.
“What is going on now is a better opportunity for us to have at our fingertips data that concern the enrollment, teachers and infrastructure.
“I think it is better to plan when you have your data at your fingertips.
”I think the best thing that the Federal Government is doing for Nigerian citizens is ensuring free and compulsory basic education for our children,’ he said.
The Kogi House of Assembly on Wednesday finally screened and confirmed Gov. Bello’s Commissioner nominee, Kingsley Fanwo, a week after his initial rejection.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the House, asked Fanwo to take a bow and leave, after three members spoke well of his pedigree.
The Speaker of the House, Dr Matthew Kolawale, explained that it was not as if the assembly rejected the nominee on July 20.
He said the lawmakers did not confirm him on that day for lack of concurrence.
Kolawale harped on the strained relationship, existing between the House and the Executive, describing it as a ‘bad omen” for the state.
“The House of Assembly is an arm of government that is well respected by others and should be seen to be working in tandem with the Executive arm.
“As the situation is, it’s not about us, but it’s about the legacy we have to leave behind for the younger ones as a government.
“In a situation, where we are not working together in harmony, we can’t move forward to achieve the desired development for our state.
“Let us have peace to work in synergy, and not allow enemies of progress keep paddling rumours and backbiting to cause us problems, “We have a big task, in the 2023 polls ahead of us, that requires our collective fight and struggle to win, and not loose”.
Addressing the commissioner nominee, the speaker advised him to “turn a new leaf, listen more and talk less”.
He added, “Whatever has happened, don’t look at it as a revenge but let it help you to have a rethink and do the needful for the good of this administration.” Earlier, the house approved Gov Bello’s request for N1.24bn loan to be obtained from Zenith bank, as counterpart funding of 2022 Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) projects in the State Speaking to newsmen shortly after his confirmation, Fanwo, who was full of gratitude to the house for confirming him, pledged to assiduously work for the development of Kogi. He also expressed gratitude to Gov Bello for offering him a second chance to be part of his administration.
NAN reports that on July 20, the lawmakers refused to confirm Fanwo during plenary, citing lack of ‘concurrence’, as reason for their inability to confirm him.
Fanwo had in April 2022, resigned his appointment as the state Commissioner for information, to contest the All Progressive Congress, (APC) primary election for Yagba Federal Constituency.
He lost the ticket to Folorunsho Olafemi, son of a former Acting Governor of Kogi, Chief Clarence Olafemi.
The Kebbi State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) has so far registered 857,185 pupils and students in Primary and Junior Secondary Schools.
The Executive Chairman of SUBEB Prof.
Suleiman Khalid-Jega, made this known at a stakeholders’ meeting on the conduct of the National Personnel Audit (NPA) with Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) team on Monday in Birnin Kebbi.
Khalid-Jega said the exercise is aimed at collecting basic information on schools, pupils, students and personnel.
He said the data being collected will assist the country to plan effectively towards expanding access to quality education and promoting gender parity at basic and other levels of education.
“At present, 857,185 pupils have been registered in basic schools in the state.
“Out of this, 65 per cent (534,584) are in public schools and 35 per cent (302,601) in private schools,” he said.
Khalid-Jega said out of the figures, about one third were taken by the private schools.
He said that the pupils were enroled in 2,320 private primary schools and 426 in private and public secondary schools.
Khalid-Jega said 350,000 learners were enroled in 5,343 non-formal learning centers, adding they had 3,912 facilitators.
He also said that private schools in the state had been good partners in providing quality education.
Khalid-Jega said the private schools had 35 per cent of pupils and 4,141 personnel.
“The aim of the NPA is to provide answers to series of questions on how to move the education sector forward in the state and the country, in areas of teaching and learning environment as well as enrolment of girl-child.
“What we are doing in the state is to provide quality assurance to our schools and also to the learning environment.
“We want to know are there enough classrooms?
Are they in good conditions?
And how many of them are in dilapidated?
“This has to do with all the facilities in the schools and the toilet facilities which could be a determining factor for attending the schools, especially for a girl-child.
“Not only that, how many schools have WASH system, that is hand borehole, water; how many teachers do we have in the schools and how many of them are qualified and what is their level of the qualification?
“The minimum qualification for a teacher now is NCE.
How many of them are teaching in public and private schools?
These are the questionnaire for this activity.
We can’t plan without adequate data.
“What they are bringing out now is to update 2018 National Personnel Audit and like I said, Kebbi has the most vibrant education management system in Nigeria,” he said.
The chairman said that virtually, all the information required on its personnel were on its website.
He said that every information about the children, facilities on ground, including physical facilities, completed and the ongoing projects’ were all on its website.
Earlier, the Team Leader of UBEC from Abuja, Prof.
Onoja Onuche, said the main objective of the exercise was to check enrolment of pupils, quality of the teachers, both non- and teaching staff, and the learning environment.
He also said that the state had done well in the past and hoped that it would perform excellent again in the audit exercise.
The Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) inaugurated the National Basic Education staff audit steering committees in Kaduna state on Friday.
Speaking at the launch, Education Commissioner Hajia Hakima Lawal said the committees were for the 23 Local Government Areas (LGAs) of the state.
Lawal said the audit exercise would help address some issues related to the implementation of basic education programs in the state.
He said that the national staff audit was a holistic enumeration of all public and private basic education institutions in Nigeria.
”This exercise is carried out every four years in collaboration with state and local governments to obtain reliable data on basic education.
”Data is important for planning.
We will work with the state Universal Basic Education Board to implement this exercise,” she said.
The commissioner said that during the audit exercise public and private schools, students, teaching and non-teaching staff, school facilities will be listed.
Lawal urged stakeholders to support UBEC committees and staff to ensure a successful exercise.
He urged committee members to see their appointments as a call to duty, saying, "See it as your own contribution to educational development in the state."
Acting Chairman of the Kaduna State Universal Basic Education Board, Mr. Mohamed Mubarak, said the state government had shown a serious commitment to transforming basic education.
Mubarak emphasized the need for reliable and accurate data to ensure effective planning and informed decisions towards the delivery of quality basic education.
Also speaking, UBEC North West Zonal Director, Mr. Mustapha Abubakar, said that the audit would last for a period of 28 days.
”The commission has concluded the exercise in 17 states in the south of the country.
”The necessary materials for the exercise have been provided.
Registrars must be of good conduct.
They should do a thorough job,” she said.
In his speech, Mr. Ja'afaru Riyoji, Chairman of the National Association of Private School Owners, Kaduna State Chapter, pledged the association's support to ensure a successful exercise.
Mr. Abdu Usman, Acting Education Secretary of the Kaduna South Local Government Education Authority, also pledged the support of all education secretaries in the 23 LGAs.