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UBEC implores governors to bring ‘out-of-school’ children back to classroooms

By Isa Abdulsalami Ahovi, Jos   |   06 October 2016   |   1:17 am
Chairman, Universal Basic Education Commission(UBEC), Hamid Bobboyi (left); Deputy Governor of Plateau State, Prof. Soni Tyoden; Governor Simon Lalong and Minister of State for Education, Prof. Anthony Anwukah, during the inauguration of the 16th quarterly meeting of UBEC in Jos ...yesterday.

Chairman, Universal Basic Education Commission(UBEC), Hamid Bobboyi (left); Deputy Governor of Plateau State, Prof. Soni Tyoden; Governor Simon Lalong and Minister of State for Education, Prof. Anthony Anwukah, during the inauguration of the 16th quarterly meeting of UBEC in Jos …yesterday.

Executive Secretary, Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC), Dr. Hamid Bobboyi, has appealed to state governors to bring ‘out-of-school’ children back to the classrooms.

Bobboyi said this yesterday at the 16th quarterly meeting of the agency management and state executive chairmen of SUBEBs in Jos, the Plateau State capital.

According to him: “UNICEF recent reports have placed Nigeria as having the highest numbers of ‘out-of-school children’ in the whole world. The issue is another worrisome problem bedeviling the sub-sector. The 2015 Global Monitoring Report (GMR) by UNICEF has revealed that Nigeria has the highest number of out-of-school children in the world.

“The Nigeria figure of out-of-school children is not fewer than 10.5 million and the figure is still increasing. The issue requires strategic and systematic planning to achieve short, medium and long-term results. We need to know who they are and where they are.”

The UBEC boss, who also lamented the inability of governors to access the Federal Government funds in banks meant for them to develop schools in their states, said: “It is quite disturbing to note that the huge sum of money meant to expand access and improve the quality of basic education delivery are stashed in banks, unaccessed and unutilised while the problems facing effective basic education delivery stare us in the face as a nation.

“I therefore use this opportunity to appeal to state governors to come up with their counterpart-funds and claim the funds that belong to them for the sake of our children. Let me commend the governor of Plateau State being the only one that has accessed this fund and already changing the face of basic education in the state.”

The Executive Chairman, Plateau State Universal Basic Education Board, Prof. Matthew Sule, said: “The quality of public schools in the state has improved to the level that children run from private schools to government schools.”




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