Bayelsa public primary schools on path of sustainability, says Education commissioner
Bayelsa State public primary schools are on the path of sustainability because of the BayelsaPRIME basic education reform programme, the Commissioner for Education, Dr. Gentle Emelah, has said.
He made the disclosure in a radio interview where he highlighted the developmental strides of the Douye Diri-led administration across various arms of the education sector.
Speaking about BayelsaPRIME, Emelah noted: “If you want to build a house, you have to dig deep and make sure the foundation is solid. Similarly, we’re repositioning education at the primary school level to ensure a strong educational foundation.”
BayelsaPRIME, which is an acronym for Bayelsa Promoting Reform and Innovation in Education, was introduced into 222 public primary schools in February 2023 to improve teaching and learning.
Beginning with training of over 2,000 teachers drawn from four councils, it was learnt that the programme has, since inception, improved school administration, enhanced the use of data in decision-making, enhanced quality control and adoption of technology in public primary schools. Over 48,000 children are currently benefiting from the programme, which would be expanded to over 52,000 in the next few months. disclosed that through BayelsaPRIME, basic education sector regulators and managers are able to monitor activities of teachers and pupils in schools remotely using technology, ensuring that teachers are carrying out their responsibilities.
“An interesting thing is that we can monitor the delivery of lessons. For the teacher, were you able to teach the things that you are meant to teach? Did you cover the content? We know all of these things from the backend (technology).
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