The Governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki, has promised to commence the renovation of public schools in the state soon, urging for support and cooperation of the School-Based Management Committees.
He made this statement during a training session for the School-Based Management Committee of Emotan Primary School in Benin City, Edo State.
The governor said that his administration's would work in agreement with the committee, communities and other relevant stakeholders on the renovation of schools, stating: President Muhammadu Buhari through the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) has provided enough funds to embark on this purpose. Massive revamp will commence in the state soon.
Obaseki said the School-Based Management Committees will include members of the communities, parents as well as stakeholders in the governance and administration of schools across the state.
He added: If I achieved nothing as governor of Edo State, I want it to be on record that I came and turned around the basic education system in Edo State for good.
The Edo Basic Education Sector Transformation (Edo-BEST) programme was introduced to enable us go back to the foundation which must be solid, as this will enable our children to face the challenges ahead. What is taught in the first six to nine years of education will certainly affect the child, as it will become difficult to cope with the challenges of life if they get it wrong at that level.
Obaseki urged the head teachers to monitor the teachers daily with the use of Information Communication Technology (ICT) gadgets.
We can't play politics with education and the lives of our children. The whole idea of creating multiple schools to have multiple head teachers is not right. We can't have three schools in one premises; it will not work. For those schools that need to be merged, we will merge them and continue to train our teachers and improve their welfare, he said.
Interacting with pupils of Emotan Primary School, Governor Obaseki reassured them that the state government would commence the school feeding programme of the Federal Government in the school next term.
Welcoming the governor, Special Adviser to the Governor on Basic Education and the Chairman, State Universal Basic Education (SUBEB), Dr. Joan Osa Oviawe, said the training was going on in Oredo, Ikpoba-Okha and Orhionmwon Local Government Areas, adding that the exercise would commence in Uhunmwode Local Government Area, next week.
All together, we have trained about 11,638 School-Based Management Committees across the state, she stated.
Chairman of School-Based Management Committee and Chairman, Parents Teachers Association (PTA), Emotan Primary School, Deacon Richard Asemota, said they had connected three offices of the school's headmistresses with electricity.
He added that they had also put in place a sickbay in the school.
Source: Voice of Nigeria