Obaseki to ren­o­vate schools with N6bn

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From.Us­man A. Bello, Benin

The Edo State Gov­ern­ment has set aside N6 bil­lion for the ren­o­va­tion of pub­lic pri­mary schools across the state within six months.

Gov­er­nor God­win Obaseki dis­closed this in Benin yes­ter­day dur­ing the grad­u­a­tion cer­e­mony of 7,000 dig­i­tal teach­ers un­der the EdoBEST Pro­gramme.

The gov­er­nor schools would be said the equipped with es­sen­tial tools for learn­ing.

Ac­cord­ing to him, N3 bil­lion will be sourced from the Paris Fund Re­fund; while the state gov­ern­ment will pro­vide the bal­ance of N3 bil­lion for the schools’ ren­o­va­tion project.

“Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari has man­dated that N3 bil­lion from the Paris Club Re­fund should be used to re­fur­bish pri­mary schools in Edo State. We com­mend the pres­i­dent for the ges­ture and we will en­sure that we pro­vide desks, chairs, teach­ing aids and ren­o­vate all our class­rooms,” he said.

He said more teach­ers would be hired; while those yet to be trained on the dig­i­tal teach­ing method would be ex­posed to the train­ing which would be ex­tended to pub­lic sec­ondary schools soon.

“The state gov­ern­ment is fully com­mit­ted to ba­sic ed­u­ca­tion, after the pilot scheme last term, I hosted teach­ers and was told about the re­mark­able im­prove­ment. I did not be­lieve un­til I got feed­back from par­ents. We have to make some fun­da­men­tal changes. I be­lieve more times should be given to the stu­dents to learn in school.

“They say Gov­er­nor Obaseki does not like spend­ing money, but how can I waste money that can be spent to train our teach­ers so that they can bet­ter train our chil­dren. Edo cit­i­zens should sup­port Edo-BEST in the in­ter­est in our chil­dren.” he said.

Ear­lier, the Com­mis­sioner for Ed­u­ca­tion, Em­manuel Ag­bale, said the teach­ers were drawn from 612 pub­lic pri­mary schools in the state.

He said the train­ing would en­able the teach­ers func­tion op­ti­mally in an ICT teach­ing en­vi­ron­ment and make learn­ing in­ter­est­ing to pupils.

He said over 150, 000 pupils were al­ready ben­e­fit­ing from the Edo-BEST dig­i­tal pro­gramme.

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