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Published On: Fri, Aug 21st, 2020

COVID-19: UBEC seeks FCTA support on facility for online classes

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By Stanley Onyekwere

The Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC), has called for the support of the FCT Administration for the establishment of a Digital Resource Centre in the Territory, so as to sustain access to formal qualitative learning for school children.
Making this call, the Executive Secretary of UBEC, Dr. Hamid Bobboyi noted that the establishment of such Centre became imperative with the COVID-19 Pandemic where students had to take online classes.
Bobboyi, who spoke when he led a delegation of top management staff of the Commission on a courtesy visit to the FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello in his office, commended the FCT Administration for its efforts in the development of basic education in the Territory.
According to the UBEC Chairman, the efforts of the FCTA in advancing the basic education sector has substantially reduced the number of out-of-school children in the Territory.
“We want to extend our congratulation to you for superintending over a basic education sector that is performing very well here in the FCT. We have been visiting some of the schools, we have been looking at a lot of issues that take place within the FCT because the Commission itself is located within the FCT and its staff are also of course within the city.
“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 looking at the picture here in the FCT. Despite the challenges, the FCT is deemed to have one of the highest qualified teacher numbers in the country.
“Others have unqualified ratios that are very appalling. In primary schools, again, 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.
“So, it’s a trend that we encourage for the simple fact that without qualified teachers, it’s very difficult to establish a qualitative educational system in the country”, he stressed.
He also commended the FCT Administration for accessing its UBEC funds up to 2019, saying that many other states were still struggling adding that the FCTA has utilised the resources judiciously with the provision of infrastructure.
Responding, the FCT Minister pledged the support of the FCTA for the establishment of the Digital Resource Center, as it would be very difficult for agencies such as UBEC to function efficiently without leveraging on technology.
Bello thanked UBEC for the commendation, as the development of education remains a priority for the FCT Administration.

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