By Achadu Gabriel
An NGO, Legal Defence and Assistance Projects, LEDAP has announced it’s determination to promote Universal Basic Education, UBE, in kaduna and three other states in the north with a view to enhanced the right to free and quality education of children.
LEDAP, in partnership with Malala Fund, is charged with the responsibility to also undertake the project to provide solutions to low education enrollment and drop out of school children from the basic education.
Making the disclosures in a one day media parley on the right to free and quality basic education in kaduna, a project facilitator Mr Michael Aboh said, LEDAP would also ensure that state governments takes appropriate actions to promote free and quality UBE for all children especially girls-child.
He said the LEDAP which is in kaduna, kano, Adamawa and Bauchi states respectively would undertake the project titled “promoting the right to free and quality UBE in Nigeria.
“It’s aimed at providing solution to the low education enrollment and out of school drop out, and to ensure that state governments takes appropriate actions to promote free and quality of UBE for all children especially girls-child”, he said.
In an elaborate presentations on overview of the UBE Act by Mr Ahmed Alaga, the resource person, noted that, under a well established free and quality UBE, junior secondary School JSS3, students should be able to acquired skills for themselves at that level.
He said the pre-primary (care classes/nursery), and primary education levels are where children are supposed to be mooded and stabilized.
Mr Alaga who used first republic leaders as a front, observed that the first prime Minister, Abubakar Tafawa Baleaw and other post-colonial leaders were good examples of those who enjoyed the then free and quality Basic Primary Education, BPE,
According to him, at the level of universal basic primary educations, they were not only expressive alone but had good command of English language to even lead their people.
The education experts however suggested that the only way to improved UBE implementation now is that, the country’s leaders and managers must ensure the educational plans are handled by experts and
professionals before pronouncements and
implementation by government.
“Managers should clearly interpret the policies to the
understanding of an ordinary Ngenans”, while there must be
accountability in all facets of the system by Leaders,
parents and guardians, adding that communities and the society must be also involved.
He listed some of the challenges of UBE to include management problems especially planning and process disorder, sighting the issue of 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 like chucks and others needed for teaching and learning in primary Schools.
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 states. End