Basic Education Development: UBEC Rates FCTA As Pacesetter

Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) has commended the FCT Administration for setting the pace in the development of basic education in the Territory.

The Executive Secretary of UBEC, Dr Hamid Bobboyi gave this indication when he led a delegation on a courtesy visit to the FCT Minister Muhammad Musa Bello in Abuja.

Dr Boboyyi who congratulated the FCT Minister for the strides recorded in the basic education sector , also commended the FCTA for having one of the highest number of qualified teachers in the country.

“We have been visiting some of the schools, we have been looking at a lot of issues that take place within the FCT. One of the challenges that we have in the country has been the area of qualified teachers. Looking at what is available in other parts of the country, we are very much encouraged. FCT is deemed to have one of the highest qualified teacher numbers in the country.  FCT qualified teachers are much higher, well above 86 percent, while at junior secondary school, you have up to about 88 percent to almost 90 percent”

He further commended the FCT Administration for accessing and judiciously utilizing the UBEC funds up to 2019 for the provision of infrastructures in schools.

Speaking on the issue of out-of-school children, the UBEC Executive Secretary also pointed out that the efforts of the FCTA has substantially reduced the number of out-of-school children in the Territory.

The UBEC Secretary however solicited the support of the FCTA in the establishment of a Digital Resource Center in the Territory; in view of the fact that online classes has become imperative in the face of the deadly corona virus pandemic

Responding, the FCT Minister who reiterated the Administration’s readiness to continue to prioritise education, pledged the support of the FCTA in the establishment of the digital resource center adding that UBEC cannot function efficiently without leveraging on technology.

Remi Johnson/Abuja

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