UBEC: In­ad­e­quate data stalls ba­sic ed­u­ca­tion

Daily Trust - - DIGEST - Abubakar Haruna

The Ex­ec­u­tive Sec­re­tary of the Uni­ver­sal Ba­sic Ed­u­ca­tion Com­mis­sion (UBEC), Dr. Hamid Bob­boyi, has said lack of ac­cu­rate data is one of the chal­lenges fac­ing ba­sic ed­u­ca­tion in the coun­try.

Dr. Bob­boyi who was the lead speaker at the 2017 Wole Soyinka Me­dia Lec­ture Se­ries with the theme, “Light Up, Light In: In­ter­ro­gat­ing the Nexus Between Elec­tric­ity and Ba­sic Ed­u­ca­tion”, held in Abuja, said poor data was one of the im­ped­i­ments to the suc­cess of ba­sic ed­u­ca­tion.

“Part of the prob­lems we are fac­ing is the ab­sence of ac­cu­rate re­search-based data that will en­able us cap­ture statis­tic like that of out-of-school chil­dren, teacher-stu­dent ra­tio and other rel­e­vant is­sues in the coun­try,” he said.

Bob­boyi fur­ther said some states had not paid their coun­ter­part funds to ac­cess the match­ing grant from UBEC.

In his re­marks, Chair­man of the Nige­rian Elec­tric­ity Reg­u­la­tory Com­mis­sion (NERC), An­thony Akah, said elec­tric­ity was cen­tral to all as­pects of hu­man life and a key driver to suc­cess­ful ba­sic ed­u­ca­tion.

Speak­ing ear­lier, a for­mer min­is­ter of ed­u­ca­tion, Obi Ezek­we­sili, said there was the need for col­lec­tive ap­proach to ba­sic ed­u­ca­tion and elec­tric­ity.

A Pro­fes­sor of Coun­selling Psy­chol­ogy, Lagos State Univer­sity (LASU), Olabisi Obad­ofin, said that teach­ers in the coun­try shunned their post­ing to com­mu­ni­ties that lacked elec­tric­ity.

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