By Martin Paul in Abuja
Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) and State Universal Basic Education Boards (SUBEBs) have commenced distribution of instructional materials to schools.
The Federal Government through UBEC is seeking to attain a 1:1 pupil/textbook ratio in all public schools within the shortest possible time.
Core subjects of Mathematics, Basic Science, English Language, Social Studies, Library Resource and Early Childhood Development (ECD) materials and teaching aids are among the prime considerations in the instructional materials intervention.
The UBEC in partnership with State Universal Basic Education Commission (SUBEB), 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.
“In spite of successes attained through this noble intervention, various challenges have been encountered especially in the distribution and utilization of such materials provided by the Federal Government.
In the bid to address the notable constraints and chart a way forward for improved outcomes UBEC has convened a 2-day meeting for Directors and Desk Officers in charge of instructional materials in the 36 SUBEBs and FCT UBEB.
The meeting which is part of UBEC’s strategic engagements with key stakeholders in the instructional materials intervention with the view to attaining the objectives of providing quality and free instructional materials in the basic education sub-sector.
UBEC Executive Secretary, Dr. Hamid Bobboyi, represented by Director Academic Services, Mallam Wadatau Madawaki, harped on the need for proper planning and improved synergy among stakeholders.