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UBEC laments lack of qualified teachers

The Govt Secretary of the Common Primary Training Fee, Dr. Hamid Bobboyi, laments the shortage of certified academics within the nation.

Bobboyi additionally revealed that many states have but to entry the N45.7 billion in matching grants from state governments for the implementation of common main schooling between 2020 and 2023.

He made this identified on Wednesday when he acquired members of the Committee on Primary Training and Companies of the Federal Home of Representatives throughout an oversight go to to the committee in Abuja.

Bobboyi additionally revealed that solely 16 states have tapped into the 2023 matching grant, representing 41 p.c of the allotted N51.6 billion.

In keeping with him, the sum of 51.6 billion naira was allotted by the Federal Authorities as matching grant to the states in 2023. As at June 30, the 16 states had solely withdrawn 21 billion naira.

He named the 16 states as: Benue, Borno, Cross River, Delta, Enugu, Jigawa, Kano, Kwara, Nasarawa Niger, Ondo, Osun, Rivers, Sokoto, Taraba and Zamfara.

“Of the 2023 allotted quantity of Naira 103.2 billion, representing two p.c of the Consolidated Income Fund, Naira 55 billion was utilized.

“These are the full expenditures within the context of the implementation of UBE, matching grant, schooling imbalance, particular schooling and monitoring and program funds as of June 30, 2024.
This reveals a utilization price of 54 p.c.

“For the 2023 matching grant disbursement standing, the sum of N21 billion was tapped by 16 states out of the allotted N51.6 billion, representing 41 p.c as at June 30,” he mentioned.

He mentioned one of many challenges dealing with the Fee is that some state governments can’t entry UBE subsidies when they’re due.

Bobboyi famous that the pursuit of high quality main schooling and addressing the problem of out-of-school youngsters in Nigeria requires all stakeholders, together with the Nationwide Meeting, to affix forces to attain this purpose.

He lamented the shortage of political dedication by some state governments to problems with main schooling, which he mentioned exacerbated the menace of out-of-school youngsters within the nation.

The Chairman of the Home of Representatives Committee on Common Primary Training and Companies, Mark Useni, described the roughly 20-year-old UBEC Act as outdated and insufficient to deal with the rising challenges of primary schooling in Nigeria. Subsequently, there may be an pressing want for an modification to the Act.

Useni, the member representing Takum/Ussa/Donga Federal Constituency, mentioned the invoice to that impact has already handed first and second studying within the Home and is now on the committee stage.

He mentioned: “The UBEC Act has been there for nearly 20 years. From the time the Act got here into impact till immediately, we now have gone by way of completely different phases of improvement; so you can not stick to at least one factor through the years.

“As with the problem of unspent funds, the problem will stay if we don’t change the legislation. But when the legislation is modified and measures are taken to make sure that we handle unspent funds, main and secondary schooling may higher serve our kids.

He mentioned the supervisory position was essential to assess how main schooling had progressed over the previous 12 months.

In keeping with Useni, the fee must know wherein areas the fee must intervene to enhance the standard of primary schooling within the nation.

“In our quest to make sure that each Nigerian youngster goes again to highschool and might study, we now have excessive expectations of UBEC within the years to come back.

“If the federal authorities had not established UBEC, think about what would have change into of primary schooling within the nation,” he mentioned.

He added: “The problem of instructor unavailability additionally goes past what we will obtain at this degree. UBEC doesn’t recruit academics for LEA, it’s the accountability of states and native governments.

“What UBEC is doing is an intervention to watch the standard of academics and preserve them updated. We’re going to interact authorities actors to make sure that we draw consideration to those critical points,” he mentioned.

“Nigerians know that this intervention company has a significant position to play within the schooling of our kids and everybody must understand how far you may have come. What are the challenges you may have, we have to just remember to do what you want to do. We have to work very laborious to show the tide of primary schooling,” he mentioned.

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