UBEC PUPILSBy Hamza Waziri

Governor Abubakar Sani Bello of Niger State has expressed worries over how basic education has been drifted abysmally low before our very eyes.

The governor who was represented by his Deputy, Alh Ahmed Mohammed Ketso stated this today, Thursday, at a 2-day Round Table Discussion on Revamping Basic Education in Niger State, organized by the Niger State Universal Basic Education Board (NSUBEB), held at Justice Idris Legbo Kutigi International Conference Centre, Minna.

He said it was a great challenge before all of us to come together to find a way out of this quagmire that has slowed down our progress as a nation and state overtime.

 “We need to take our children towards a system that promotes practicals rather than theory, where learners are encouraged to think and not just to remember as it is the practice today; and of course, it is a great challenge before all of us to come together to find a way out of this quagmire that has slowed down our progress as a nation and state overtime,” the governor disclosed.

 He asserted that gathering to discuss the way forward to basic education would lead us towards developing a viable solution to our long-time challenges in enthroning a sustainable system of education at the basic level.

He commended NSUBEB for taking the lead by bringing all the critical stakeholders that matter in the education sector to fashion out ways that would revamp our basic education for the prosperity of our children.

The governor reiterated the state government’s commitment to the development of education, knowing fully well that it was the foundation and key to the societal development, especially in the aspect or components of basic education being the basic foundation of the entire education system.

  He revealed that the state government was aware of the fact that despite the desire, passion, and the will to develop education, there were several challenges bedevilling access and funding issues, as he assured that the state was not resting on its oars in ensuring that appropriate policies and programmes were put in place to fix education in the state particularly the basic sector.

 Earlier, in her welcome address, the Commissioner for Education, Hajiya Hannatu Jibril Salihu, commended the state government for her prompt and regular payment of counterpart fees to access all the educational interventions at national and international levels.

While, the Chairman, NSUBEB, Dr. Isah Adamu, enumerated, Poor readership skills at the school level, teachers’ inability to deliver lessons and teachers’ absconding from school and above all, teachers who could not read or write, were some of the challenges being faced by our education system from the NSUBEB management’s findings.