By Achadu Gabriel
An NGO, Legal Defence and Projects, LEDAP, said the over 20years of poor implementation and mismanagement of the free Universal Basic Education, UBE, was largely responsible for lack of rights to free quality basic education and the decades in the falling standard of the country educational system.
LEDAP, (Malala fund), charged with the responsibility of promoting the right to free qualify universal basic education made the revelations on Thursday during a one day media parley on free UBE in Kaduna.
In an elaborate presentation on overview of the UBE Act made by Mr Ahmed Alaga, the resource person noted that, under a well established free UBE, junior secondary School students should be able acquired a skilled for themselves at that level.
He said the pre-primary and primary level of education is where children are supposed to be mooded and stabilized.
Mr Alaga who used former pre-Colonial leaders as a front, reflected that the first prime Minister, Abubakar Tafawa Baleaw and other pre-colonial leaders were good examples of those who enjoyed good quality of basic education.
According to him, at the level of their basic primary educations, they were not only expressive alone but had good command of English to even lead their people.
The education experts also suggested that to now improved UBE implementation, the country’s leaders and managers must ensure the educational plans should be done by experts and
professionals before pronouncements and
“Managers should clearly interpret the policies to the
understanding of an ordinary Ngenans”, while there must be
accountability in all facets of the system Leaders,
parents and guardians,
communities and the society must be also involved in
He listed some of the challenges of UBE to include management problems especially planning and process disorder, sighting the issues implementations before the actual plans.
According to him, political leaders made pronouncements of educational policies to gain political credit, rather than subjecting Educational matters to professionals.
Others challenges facing UBE are Inadequate interpretation of the policy, adding that “The key factors ‘free and compulsory education are not well understood by the populace, as well as problems of monitoring and evalvation and Maintenance problems.
He also sighted inadequate Resources saying “There are still shortages and lack of both human and material resources.
facilities, equipment, instructional materials etc
Unqualified teachers still teach in Nigeria.
“For example, UBEC (2011) stated that the profile of unqualified teachers in public schools nationwide stood at 41.1% out of 667,550, of the qualified NCE holders, most of them appear to have a
challenge of very poor quality in the classroom, Unmotivated teachers, among others.
Earlier, a facilitator, Mr Michael Aboh said that promotion of the right to free universal basic education were being conducted in four states of the north including kaduna, Kano, Adamawa and bauchi state respectively. End