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Obaseki unveils school campaign, pledges free basic education to Edo children

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Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki (left); Deputy Governor, Philip Shaibu and Speaker, House of Assembly, Marcus Onobun during a stakeholders meeting on Improving Collaboration In Provision Of Basic Education in Benin City…yesterday

Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki has launched the ‘Let’s Go To School’ and ‘Parent’s First’ Campaigns with the mandate that all children in the state must have access to free basic education.

Obaseki, who stated this during a stakeholders’ meeting with the theme: Improving Collaboration In The Provision Of Basic Education,” restated his administration’s commitment to revamp the state’s basic education sector.

The launch of the campaigns followed two executive proclamations to ensure that parents took the lead in the education of their children.

His words: “Whereas it is the desire of the Edo State Government to promote enrolment of every child in collaboration with all stakeholders, I hereby proclaim that all children in Edo must have access to free basic education as I formally unveil the ‘Let’s Go To School Campaign.’

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“Now, therefore, be it resolved as the governor of the state, do hereby proclaim that all parents shall henceforth take the lead as major stakeholders as I formally declare parents first campaign launched.”

The governor further assured of continuous collaboration and capacity building for teachers, as part of his administration’s commitment to improve the standard of education in the state.

“Let me emphasise that we do not have any problem or challenges with our teachers. The 11,000 teachers we have trained for the Edo Basic Education Sector Transformation (EdoBEST) programme are amazing.

“We have worked together and grown together in the last few years. They have been very supportive, but unfortunately, what you saw the last time was not the teachers. It was a part of the leadership of their union that has become political.

“The union wants to play politics with the lives of our children; we have no problem with our teachers in Edo.  We have a problem with a section of the leadership of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) that wants to continue to politicize education,” he said.

Speaking, State Chairman of SUBEB, Dr. Joan Oviawe, thanked Governor Obaseki and the Deputy Governor, Philip Shaibu, for their support, which she said, had led to the successes in the EdoBEST programme.

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