Ubec re-srategises on free textbooks for public basic schools

The Federal Government through the Universal Basic Education Commission UBEC says it seeks to attain a ratio 1:1 pupil/textbook in all public schools within the shortest possible time.

The ratio is intended to be achieved in core subjects of Mathematics, Basic Science, English Language, Social Studies, Library Resource and Early Childhood Development (ECD). Teaching aids are also among the prime considerations in the instructional materials intervention.

The Executive Secretary of the Commission, Dr. Hamid Bobboyi, who made these known during a two day meeting held in Kaduna State, harped on the need for proper planning and improved synergy among stakeholders.

The UBEC ES said this will improve the modalities of instructional materials provision, availability and utilization in schools across Nigeria.

The meeting which was part of UBEC’s strategic engagements with key stakeholders in the instructional materials intervention was held to attain the objectives of providing quality and free instructional materials in the basic education sub-sector.

At the programme, the Nigeria Educational Research and Development Council (NERDC) made a presentation on the Assessment and Review of Books under the federal supported book intervention.

Major activities of the meeting included the consideration of the Report of the Assessment of the Availability and Utilization of Instructional Materials in the 36 States and FCT as well as Findings from ICPC’s Monitoring Reports on the provision of instructional materials across the country.

The UBEC/SUBEB partnership under this component of the UBE programme implementation has led to the supply of over 120,622,776 textbooks, library resources, ECD materials and teaching aides to public schools nationwide as at 2016.

UBEC in partnership with State Universal Basic Education Boards (SUBEBs) commenced the provision and distribution of instructional materials through various mechanisms to end users at the school level since 2009.

The Executive Secretary of UBEC was represented by the commission’s Director of Academic Services, Mallam Wadatau Madawaki.

Source: Voice of Nigeria