NIGERIA – Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) is now adopting new strategies in introducing Basic Education subjects in the North East of Nigeria.
The Commission instead of constructing big structures is now consulting with the Alarammas to identify their essential needs with the provision that they will accept the introduction of Basic Education subjects.
The Executive Secretary of UBEC, Dr Hamid Bobboyi disclosed this when he received a high powered committee on reform of Tsangaya system of education in Borno State.
Bobboyi said the Alarammas were also enjoined to sustain the IQTE programme and facilitate ownership by the benefiting community.
The Executive Secretary noted that other strategies taken include the establishment of a six-member state implementation team, majority of whom are SUBEB appointees, to among others assist in the planning and implementation of all projects to be carried out in the state.
”There is also infrastructural development which includes the construction of 2 or 4 classrooms and hostel, the supply of vocational equipment, toilets and water, the teaching of Basic Education in IQTE school. The Basic Education teachers are to be deployed by SUBEB, others include addressing the feeding problems of Almajirai which we hope the states will do a lot to help and distribution of textbooks to IQTE schools.
The Executive Secretary said presently UBEC in collaboration with Borno SUBEB has identified 25 number of Tsanga Almajiri centers in Borno State to be supplied with financial grants to improve their infrastructures.
“We believe that Borno State can do other things to support the IQTE schools in the state, after all the 1999 constitution as amended saddled the state and local government with the responsibility of providing a year’s basic education,” he said.
Dr. Bobboyi noted that although the state is passing through a very challenging time there are some measures to be taken that will not only address the problem of out-of-school-children but even go a long way to engender peace in the state.